#EndSARS Agitators Fault Northern Leaders’ Grasp of Issues Involved
Nineteen Northern Nigerian state governors rose from a meeting in Kaduna on Monday with a resolve to ensure that Nigeria remains indivisible.
They lamented that the #EndSARS protests were hijacked by people with ulterior motives to advance their personal cause.
The meeting, which also has top Northern traditional leaders in attendance, was a response to persistent agitation by other zones of the federation for cessation and restructuring of the nation’s political arrangement.
The meeting held the view that uncontrolled social media spreading fake news has a devastating effect on the peaceful co-existence of the country, therefore clamoring for regulation and monitoring.
A 20-point communiqué issued at the meeting was read by the chairman, Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), Simon Bako Lalong, condemning what they called “the subversive actions of the #EndSARS protests.”
The governors pledged to give the President Muhammad Buhari support as he addresses the lingering challenges of youth unemployment, banditry and Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Meanwhile, reacting to the statement by the northern leaders, a member of the #EndSARS movement, Raphael Adebayo, was reported by The Punch to have said they had a shallow understanding of the issues being canvassed by the campaigners.
Adebayo was quoted to have said “This exposes their shallow understanding of the issues being canvassed by the #EndSARS. It also shows the quality of leaders we have in the country.
“After weeks of protests during which scores of protesters were violently killed by paid thugs and security agents, the best certain group of leaders can come up with is to say it was targeted at regime-change.
“Telling us that their only concern is about political spillover shows that they are not concerned about issues that #EndSARS protests are raising.”
He said the #EndSARS protesters were only interested in reform of the Nigeria Police, further said that regime change might happen if the government continued to turn a deaf ear to the demand of the people.
“Because they have done so badly, so wickedly, they should be worried this would eventually get to them asking them to leave power. For now, the #EndSARS protest is not about regime change but if the government wants it so, then it should be prepared because if this legitimate demand for justice continues to be ignored, Nigeria will see change and there would be no way out for this regime that has declared itself anti-people,” Adebayo stated.
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