By Chijindu Emeruwa
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, OYC, an Igbo socio-cultural group, has warned against another round of End SARS protest and open confrontation across states in South East geopolitical zone of the country.
This is even as the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu on Tuesday, tasked police officers to apply the rule of their engagement to stop all violent protest in states but should kill.
IGP Adamu made this known while addressing officers during his one-day visit to Ebonyi as part of his tour to states after the End SARs protest.
The Police boss, noted that the force will never tolerate any form of violent protest in the country, expressing dissatisfaction on the high level of destruction of lives and property caused by the End SARs protest in country.
However, OYC, berated eruption of the End protest in some parts of the country, describing the development as ill-timed, capable to lead more casualties than the initial protests which led to wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties especially in Edo and Lagos States.
The Igbo socio-cultural youth organization, in a press statement jointly signed by its President, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and the Secretary General, Okwu Nnabuike and made available to Akelicious on Wednesday, lamented the massive destruction of public facilities and Government assests, urging End SARS protesters to avoid any attempts to invade any part of Southeast, as “Operation Crocodile Smile” by Nigerian military is fully operational in the South East.
According to OYC, it will be suicidal for any youth to engage in another Endsars protests during this festival periods in the Southeast.
“Igbo youths should ignore joining the 2nd Endsars protests, “the youth group added.
The apex Igbo youth body called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal Government to disburse the propose 75 billion End SARS Youth Empowerment Scheme for Nigerian youths without further delay, lamented that recession and hunger are ravaging in the land.
“We urge other South East Governors to emulate the youth empowerment programmes of Governors Umahi and Ikpeazu as measures and models to checkmate youth restiveness, “Ohanaeze youths concluded.