- APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, has urged the youths to end their protests against disbanded SARS
- The former governor of Lagos made the plea on the evening of Monday, October 19
- Tinubu, however, commended the protesters for demanding for their rights
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Following the persistent demonstrations by EndSARS protesters across the country, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has called the youths to put an end to the protests.
Legit.ng reports that Tinubu, however, said the ongoing protests against the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) recently banned by police authorities were right.
He said the protesters have made their points and that the government has made its commitment to them, urging the youths to call-off the protest and give the government a chance to implement their demands.
In a thread of tweets on his Twitter page, @AsiwajuTinubu, the former governor of Lagos state said Nigerians, especially the youths have democratic right to speak up against any ill in their domain, insisting that there was nothing wrong in demanding for the reform of the police.
Tinubu, however, urged the protesters to act within the law of the land, warning against taking steps that would be in contravention of the constitution.
The APC leader said the protest should serve as an opportunity for his party to look at some of the things it is not doing well and amend them.
“For the past 12 days, our country has witnessed massive protests by youths in different cities, which were ignited by widespread disenchantment with the gross human rights abuses including torture, extortion, harassment, intimidation and even extra-judicial killings of Nigerians by members of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).
“The demands for fundamental police reforms by the protesting youths are in pursuit of our aspiration in our national anthem to build a nation where peace and justice shall reign. Justice as one of our greatest writers has memorably noted is “the first condition of humanity.
“A society where those who are paid from the public purse to protect the lives and property of the people become themselves threats to the liberty, safety and dignity of the people; where human life is difficult to distinguish from the Thomas Hobbes ‘State of Nature – ‘solitary, poor, nasty and brutish’ is not one fit for free and decent people to live in."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, warned Nigerian youths not to breach the nation's security in the prolonged EndSARS protest despite making their agitations clearly known to the federal government.
It was reported that Magashi made this call to the youths in a statement released by the ministry's spokesman, Mohammad Abdulkadri.
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