The campaign is tagged ‘Don’t Walk Away.’
A campaign to put an end to mob killings across the country was kicked off in Lagos on Wednesday by award-winning film maker, Abimbola Ogunsanya.
The campaign, tagged “Don’t Walk Away,” was inspired by the brutal killing of a 12-year-old boy, Samuel, accused of kidnapping by an angry mob in Surulere area of Lagos in 2005.
Mr. Ogunsanya, who witnessed the gruesome incident and made a short video of it, said he hopes to use the campaign to enlighten Nigerians to prevent the lynching of people by an angry mob.
It also aims to stimulate discussion and action on stopping mob justice in Nigeria.
“What I saw had a big impact on me. I could do nothing to help at the time but now I hope the horror of what happened to Samuel will give people who are around when similar events starts the courage they need not to stand by but to unite to stop it,” he said.
Don’t Walk Away campaign asks for support from the Nigerian movie industry and the media to help sensitise the public on the ills of mob justice in their programming and scripts.
Mr. Ogunsanya also called on Nigerians to visit the campaign website www.dontwalkaway.org.ng to watch the video of the killing of Samuel and also pledge to intervene to stop mob justice if they saw one about to happen before the thugs move in.
The campaign seeks to get a million pledges. The organisers ask Nigerians to visit the website and post a picture of themselves with their hands raised to say no to mob justice.
The keynote speaker of the event, Oluremi Tinubu, who was represented by the Secretary of Surulere Local Government, Funmi Braithwaite, said Nigerians should not take laws into their hands.
“Many victims have been proven to be innocent when it is too late. Individuals have a large role to play if this crime must be stopped,” she said.
Mob killing recently became a major issue of discussion after a video of four students of the University of Port Harcourt killed by a mob in Aluu, a community in the outskirts of Port Harcourt, went viral on social media.