It was an emotional moment as the three Nigerians and the other five convicted drug smugglers sang all through the execution to their last breath in Indonesia. According to the pastor that was present, the eight of them refused to be blindfolded and sang together till their final moment.
Those executed were:
The families of the convicted drug smugglers were allowed to visit them and they were with on Monday afternoon before the sentences were carried out.
Rodrigo Gularte is the second Brazilian to be executed for drug smuggling in Indonesia in four months.
The momentary reprieve brought great joy to the Veloso family and the government of Philippines. Veloso’s mother described it as a miracle. The government of Philippines described the stay of execution as ‘a stay or a reprieve on her execution. That’s why we’re appealing that a new opportunity be given for her to give additional testimony that would clarify that she is a victim of a trafficking syndicate.’
Meanwhile, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed disappointment at the action of the Indonesian government. He said ‘we respect Indonesia’s sovereignty but we do deplore what’s been done and tis cannot be simply business as usual. For that reason, once all the courtesies have been extended to the Chan and Sukumaran families our ambassador will be withdrawn for consultations.’
There are indications that the Nigerian government has expressed anger at the latest execution of the three Nigerians. This analysts regard as medicine after death. The government may argue that it had invited the Indonesian ambassador to appeal against execution when they were arrested, there should have been a consistent pressure on the Indonesian government no matter what the end result will be. It is not clear what will be Nigeria’s next line of action. Government must be seen to fight the cause of Nigerians not matter the circumstance, that is what governments do, and that is what the governments of all those involved have been seen to have done.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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