- Leaders of the #EndSARS protests have been urged to dialogue with the federal government
- The advice was given by a group of young Nigerians under the aegis of Stakeholders of Nigerian Youths
- The group, however, urged the federal government to carry out the demands of the #EndSARS leaders
A group, Stakeholders of Nigerian Youths (SONY) have asked leaders of the #EndSARS protests to dialogue with the federal government.
The demand was made by the convener of the group, Comrade Ikechukwu Obinna at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, October 22.
The group hailed youths in the country for speaking with one voice over the last two weeks through peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.
“The success of all we have laboured for and sacrificed is our ability to achieve our 5 point demand the injustice and police brutality we young people have faced over the years.
“Considering the recent infiltration of our ranks by hoodlums hired to maim, kill and destroy this genuine struggle, we hereby call on young Nigerians to heed the advice of dialogue not because we are afraid of dying for what we believe in, but because we must achieve the aim of the protest.
“The world now knows that we are not lazy youths as alleged, the world will also bear us witness that we cease the fire even when we had the capacity to withstand the onslaught.
“We painfully appeal to our brothers and sisters that the wisest move is to dialogue with the government, giving them ultimatums and timelines to meet our 5-point demands or we will be forced to stage a far stronger demonstration.’’
The group hailed the wise counsel of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria who lent their voice to the demands of the youths and urged them to negotiate with the authorities.
The group also called on the federal government to fish out the military men who shot at protesters at the Lekki toll gate recently.
SONY further called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the activities of the hoodlums who hijacked the protests to attack public and private facilities in the country hoodlums.
“On our part, we shall consult widely with our traditional institutions, religious leaders and youth leaders to ensure that the youths are never again neglected.’’
Recall that Dr Doyin Okupe, a former presidential media aide, recently asked Nigerian youths under the #EndSARS movement to halt their protests and start the process of negotiating with the federal government.
Okupe, 68, said with what they have accomplished with the protests, they must gain maximally from it by negotiating with the authorities.
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