- More prominent Nigerians have been speaking on the #EndSARS protests
- A federal lawmaker and former students activist, Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf has added his voice to the trending topic
- The Kogi-born legislator called for an effective dialogue and time resolution by all parties for the sake of peace in the country
Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf, member representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency of Kogi state has called for an effective dialogue and a timely resolution of the recent face-off that started as #EndSARS protest between Nigeria’s political elites and protesting youths.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) federal lawmaker, warned that the stand-off between the elites and the youths stand the risk of huge collective losses.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, October 23, Honourable Yusuf also condemned the deployment of soldiers to halt the peaceful protest in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
According to him, the consequent loss of lives and properties is not only highly condemnable but shocking and outrightly unfortunate.
He lamented that long years of official insensitivity, lack of effective response to loud complaints against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS and persistent scepticism about government’s promises are among factors that caused the current face-off.
Lamenting the loss of lives and the criminal opportunism of hoodlums, he emphasised that irrespective of political party affiliations and ethnic origin, the entire political class, youth and other stakeholders across the federation stand to lose a lot if normalcy is not speedily restored.
Part of the statement read:
“The best that we can all do now is to pull back from the brink, have frank dialogue and demand the institution of lasting corrective measures that may become part of our constitutional reforms.
“SARS started as a solution to the problem of armed robbery but unfortunately, it became a problem to citizens who sometimes allege that ex-robbers and criminal extortionists may have become part of the defunct SARS.
“Accumulated anger is being reflected in the rage we’ve seen, three years ago, loud protestations against SARS’ excesses were handled the same way we handle every other issue haphazardly with few long-term considerations.
“Our youth do not trust the government because the spate of panels and half-measures as reflected in ineffective official reactions to ASUU strikes that started around 1991 show that we prioritize the wrong things.’’
The lawmaker noted that despite assurances given by the authorities, the youth assumed that government is playing the usual cards of symbolic tokenism and motion without movement, stressing that it has become a special directive principle under the Buhari-led administration.
Similarly, a youth 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, however, hailed youths in the country for speaking with one voice over the last two weeks through peaceful demonstrations against police brutality.
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