…as Super Eagles players, mothers join protest
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has declared support for Nigerian youths currently engaged in street protests across the country against SARS brutality.
Atiku, in a series of tweets on his verified twitter handle @atiku, on Friday, expressed his solidarity with the demonstrators.
He tweeted, “I woke up to the peaceful #EndSARSProtest going on in Lagos and other cities in the country. First, I would like to commend the tenacity of our brave youths who have stayed out on the streets all day and night to make their voices heard. I stand with you all.
Super Eagles stars join #EndSARS protest
Also, some Super Eagles players, including Leon Balogun, Shehu Abdulahi, and John Ogu, have joined the protest against extortion and brutality by F-SARS.
“The reasons for the #EndSARSProtests have just come to my attention via very disturbing images and tweets. It is never good when those charged with protecting the citizens are now terrorising, extorting, or even killing the same citizens. I support #EndSarsProtests #EndSars,” Balogun tweeted.
Ogu, who has been without a club since the COVID-19 pandemic, also wrote, “I pray our first checkpoint will never be our last bus-stop. Enough is enough.”
“The voice of the people must be heard, @NigeriaGov must #EndSARS and protect the lives of our Youth from #PoliceBrutality. My brother @BashirAhmaad, kindly pass our message to the President @MBuhari,” Abdulahi added.
Plateau United striker, Sunday Adetunji said footballers should not be treated as criminals because of hairstyles.
The teammate of a Nigerian player, Zaidu Sanusi, at FC Porto, Malang Sarr, twitted in solidarity with Nigerians on the #EndSARS campaign.
He wrote, “I feel so touched by what is going on in Nigeria now. You have my full support! We all need to come together and make sure this ends now. Peace first before anything! #EndSARS #EndSARSImmediately #EndSarsNow #EndSarsProtests.”
Also, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, added, “If we stigmatise our youth as criminals, paint them all with one brush as ‘yahoo boys ‘within our borders, harass, attack and arrest them indiscriminately even before they get the chance to defend themselves – aren’t we as a country destroying their reputation and chances to succeed?”
Mothers join protest
Some Nigerian mothers have also joined in the anti-SARS protest in an unknown location in the South-West.
The video which went viral on Friday showed elderly women bearing placards calling for the government to stop the violence by police against the youth.
In the video, the women who came out in their numbers were chanting in Yoruba saying, “Our Children are our future; the police should stop killing our children. The government should have mercy on us and stop the police from killing our children.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, condemned the reported killing of a policeman in Ughelli, Delta State.
Etaga Stanley, a police corporal who is believed to be an indigene of Ughelli South and Omo-Agege’s constituent, reportedly lost his life on Thursday during the #EndSARS protest in the town.
Omo-Agege in a statement by his media office described the incident as serious and unfortunate, calling on the police to exercise restraint and follow due process in fishing out the alleged killers. ,,
He added, “I humbly call on our highly regarded traditional rulers to continue to urge our people to maintain the peace that we are known for in their various kingdoms and domains. Our royal fathers are a great force for peace at moments like this and we trust that they would help to ensure that those who wish to tear our communities apart do not succeed.”