#EndSARS: Call off protest – Tinubu begs Nigerian youths

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Leadership of All Progressive Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has strongly appealed to Nigerian youths to call off #EndSARS protest, as they have made their point, Government have showed commitment, while give Government a chance to implement demands.

Asiwaju disclosed this on his official social platform on Monday, he said it’s only fair that government must be given the chance to implement the reforms demanded, as it can certainly not be done instantaneously by the waving of a magic wand.

According to him, “The impunity of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was thus a challenge that the youth have responded positively and courageously to and has triggered the commencement of the fundamental reform of the country’s policing system.

“The protesters must admit that President Muhammed Buhari administration has acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests. This shows a laudable sensitivity to the grievances of the youths”, he said.

He added that if government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that that there is a positive change by government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.

“The protesters have made considerable gains within a very short period. But they should also be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking.

“For instance, it is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and assorted criminals have seized on the protests to perpetrate violence, disrupt civil life and harass, intimidate and assault innocent persons going about their lawful business.

“The intent of the organizers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, which the government has in principle accepted. It can certainly not be their motive to cause generalized anarchy or effect regime change.

“If they give the impression that is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.

“The vigour and vibrancy of the protests are an indication of the growing strength of the democratic culture in Nigeria. It is a demonstration of the beauty of democracy and its promotion and protection of people’s power”, he said.

However, Asiwaju cautioned the protesters not to set the stage for the erosion or destruction of the same democratic process that gives them the freedom and right to protest in the first place.

“Their democratic right to protest must not be exercised in such a way that impedes the democratic right of other citizens to freedom of movement, expression and the liberty to pursue their livelihoods.

“The fight for police reforms is surely to promote and protect the wellbeing of millions of Nigerians. It is a contradiction for the protesters to act in ways that will further worsen the economic well being of the very people they are fighting for”, he said.

He noted that the protests have forcefully demonstrated the reality and potency of people’s power. “The new energy must be tapped and channeled to strengthen, not weaken the country’s democracy. Surely, the country cannot remain the same after this.

“It is a good sign that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Lagos and a number of other state governments have speedily set up judicial panels of inquiry into acts of police brutality over the years. I urge the state governments which are yet to do so to emulate this example”.

He commended all the religious leaders, Christians and Muslims for their patriotism and high sense of responsibility at this sensitive time. “I appeal to them to call on their teeming followers to call of the protests for now and give peace a chance”, he said.

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