- Yinka Odumakin recently opened up about the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country
- According to the Afenifere spokesperson, lack of federalism in Nigeria was the major reason youths were harassed by SARS operatives
- Odumakin, condemned the profiling of youths from a particular sector
Afenifere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin has said the protest by youths across the country against harassment by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was due to lack of federalism in Nigeria.
The spokesman of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, November 5.
Odumakin during his appearance on the show explained that profiling youths from a particular region of the country can be referred to as lack of federalism.
He added that the harassment was one of the major factors that triggered the protests against SARS operatives in Nigeria.
“What SARS does is mostly profiling – you are wearing earrings, this is how you are cutting your hair, you are a yahoo boy; all those profiling are for youths from a particular section of the country and in that context, it is the lack of federalism.”
The Afenifere spokesman also said youths from the south participated more in the #EndSARS protest than their northern counterparts because most of them were victims.
Though there are young Nigerians who engage in fraudulent activities, Odumakin insisted that many successful entrepreneurs were victims of SARS as a result of their appearance.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Inspector-General Police, Mohammed Adamu, blamed the violence that erupted after the #EndSARS protests on fake news.
According to the IGP, social media was awash with all sorts of inaccurate information which he opined, triggered the violence.
The IGP made the statement in Lagos on Tuesday, November 3, a day after he attended the northern governors forum meeting which came out with a communique for social media to be censored in Nigeria.
In a related development, two weeks after the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate, southwest ministers have called for a thorough investigation into the unfortunate incident.
The ministers made this known in a report presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, November 4, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
They further demanded a probe into the role of the military in the Lekki shooting incident. This is coming one week after the expiration of the deadline given to ministers to interface with their respective state governors, stakeholders, and the protesting youths.
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