- Youths across the country who are protesting against police brutality have been called on to halt their protest
- The call was made by the leadership of the Nigeria Youth Organisation in Abuja on Friday, October 16
- The organisation said it is important for the youths to allow for dialogue with government and give peace a chance
A coalition of multiethnic groups in Nigeria on Friday, October 16, called on the youths across the country who are involved in the #EndSARS protest to give peace a chance.
The coalition under the aegis of Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO) called for a halt of the ongoing protest to allow for constructive engagement with relevant authorities.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on the #EndSARS protest, the group said President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration is ready to provide solutions to the demands of the protesters.
NYO president, Abubakar Wali, addressing the media on behalf of other affiliates said the coalition is worried that the protest may degenerate into anarchy.
Wali urged the youths to rather open a window of dialogue with the office of the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubalkar Malami; the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu and other well-meaning political leaders and interested stakeholders.
He said such window of dialogue would allow for trust building, confidence and continuous engage with the government.
''We further vehemently demand that the President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration should capitalize and see these clarion calls by the Nigerian youths to improve on critical areas of youth unemployment, women empowerments and social welfare of her citizenry''.
He also proposed that the federal government establish as a matter of necessity, a National Youth Development Commission where all issues of major concerns bedeviling the nation and its youths would be addressed.
Wali said that it is also important that the ninth National Assembly ensure the passage of the youth right bill to give the Nigerian youths a voice as a panacea for the protection of their rights.
Further condemning the activities of bad eggs in the Nigeria Police who perpetrate brutality against innocent citizens, Wali said the NYO welcomes necessary reforms that will bring about modern policing with human face.
''We implore all our youths to abate further protests, since the ongoing protests has been hijacked by perceived agent provocateurs and self centered elements, who are hell bent to run aground the fragile peace in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the inspector general of police, Muhammad Adamu, had disband the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit over growing protests by Nigerian youth on the brutality meted on citizens by police operatives.
Also, 72 hours after the IGP announced the ban of men of SARS from the streets across the country, he also announced a new replacement.
The IGP in his announcement said officers under the new unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) will begin their training at the different police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.
In other news, Adamu assured Nigerians of justice for victims of brutality by operatives of the notorious SARS following the outcry by youths of the country.
He said said an investigation team will be constituted to pinpoint the abuses.
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