We are witnesses to a peaceful #endsars protest which started eleven days ago in Lagos that escalated to other parts of the country in subsequent days.
It’s on record that the IGP met the immediate demand by dismantling SARS and announced a new unit called SWAT which we believe is not a solution to the unbearable excesses of the defunct SARS operatives.
3.Its common knowledge that President Muhammad Buhari addressed the nation with assurances of Police Reforms immediately while assuring the protesters to be peaceful and give government time.
We are aware that the protests across the country have been largely peaceful irrespective of the divide despite reported isolated casualties which respective governors addressed while setting up Judicial Commission Enquiries as advised by Federal government.
We are saddened over the deployment of soldiers that shot indiscriminately at peaceful protesters yesterday evening at Lekki Tollgate killing many and injuring others without provocation. More disheartening is the fact that they were neither armed nor violent while seated in solidarity.
We are further not happy that the Southeast governors have not been able to handle the protest professionally hence the burning down of public and business buildings from Aba to Enugu to Owerri and other locations.
We call on Southeast youths not to target and burn public properties and banks as it will hurt us more. We lack infrastructure as at this moment and so razing down existing ones will set us back threefold.
We demand that the President Muhammad Buhari should immediately address the nation again. A well crafted speech with acceptance of failure which pre-dates his regime with quick wins, short-term and long-term plans will end the carnage as presently witnessed.
The takeaway of this protest are that sovereignty lies with the people which must not be taken for granted and that there is no alternative to good governance. It’s therefore a message to our leaders serving and retired that someday the people will call them to account for their stewardship in office.
NUF as a responsible sociopolitical organization committed to overall interest of Ndigbo hereby advise that the security operatives should not apply maximum force on the youths and should deploy intelligence in separating touts (looters) from the genuine protesters.
We therefore call on the youths to sheath their sword, retreat and give governments benefit of doubt and time to do the needful. No meaningful result will be achieved under chaotic atmosphere.
Chief Chinedu Mbah,
Chairman, BOT of NUF.