- Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state, has advised Nigeria's leaders to take care of youths
- The governor was reacting to the recent EndSARS protests across the country
- Tambuwal urged the leaders across the board to ensure that the youths also enjoy dividends of democracy
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has described the nationwide protests against harassment and brutality of innocent Nigerians by the police as a wake-up call to the leaders of the country.
TheCable reports that the governor while speaking at the inauguration of a project on Thursday, October 29, in Sokoto, said citizens are ready “to start pushing back.”
Legit.ng recalls that for more than a week, some Nigerians across the country took to the streets to call for reforms in the police.
The governor, who was represented by his special assistant on small and medium scale enterprises, Akibu Dalhatu, said that posterity would judge their inactions and actions if they fail to speak up against the ills in the country.
“In our country today, we are faced with banditry, corruption, mismanagement of funds, nepotism, insurgency, and so many issues that threaten the unity of this country.
“Posterity will not fail to judge us all for our actions and inactions if we do not speak; it is we the people that will change Nigeria.
“The recent #EndSARS protests that rocked across the country and even beyond is a wake-up call to our leaders. The fact that they have pushed us so much to the wall shows that Nigerians are ready to start pushing back.”
The governor said the people must be part of the budget-making process before the president or governors present it to the National Assembly or state Houses of Assembly.
“We must adopt the participatory approach to budget-making; before the budget office of the presidency, the ministry of finance and budget planning finalise any budget, they must organise town hall meetings. This will gather the inputs of the people and determine priority areas.
“If the people participate in the budget-making process, they will also follow how the appropriated money is being spent and by this they will demand transparency and accountability from government officials."
He said people’s engagement in the processes would strengthen and deepen democracy, adding that this would ensure that the process of the rule of law is followed to the letter.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, denied reports by Amnesty International (AI), that some EndSARS protesters were shot by police.
It was reported that Adamu said police officers acted professionally, exercised commendable restraints and that some officers paid the supreme price for peace during the recent protests.
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