Togolese nationals on Thursday marched round Lagos streets to call for the end of the government of President Faure Eyadema .
The protesters , who carried banners with different inscriptions , said Eyadema must be stopped from pursuing a fourth term in Togo.
They called for the intervention of African leaders and the international community, especially the Economic Community of West African States .
The men and women , donned in their national colours , stopped at the ECOWAS office at Onikan , Lagos Island, where their leader, Dr Kossi Sama, read and delivered the protest letter .
Sama, who is the General Secretary of the Pan- African National Party , traced the country’ s history to April 27 , 1960 , when Togo attained its independence .
He explained that former President , Gnassingbe Eyadema , participated in several coups, which led to his installation as president in 1967 .
He was said to have started a one- party system .
The Togolese said in 1990 , the people ’ s agitation for democracy was partially realised with the introduction of a constitution in October 1992 , which stipulated a five -year term for a president, with a maximum of two tenures.
He said the constitution was violated as Gnassingbe spent 38 years in power and handed over to his son , Faure , in 2005 , after several unilateral reviews of the constitution .
Sama said the Togolese people in August 2017 took to the streets to clamour for the return of the 1992 constitution .
After a dialogue with the authorities , mediated by ECOWAS, he said a harmonised constitution and a road map were proposed.
Both recommendations were allegedly rejected by the government .
“ The rejection of the 1992 constitution , the refusal to implement the Global Political Accord of 2006 , the rejection of the road map and the 2018 constitution proposed by the ECOWAS expert , betray the will of the administration in power to oppose the alternation and resist the harmonisation of Togo with the political governance in effect in the ECOWAS region .
“Togolese protest in Lagos, demand Eyadema’s removal
The entire period (1963 – 2019 ) is punctuated by serious repeated violations of human rights, which can be found in the various reports produced by human rights organisations and international institutions, including the United Nations , ” he added .
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