Lauretta Onochie, a presidential aide, on Sunday, October 11, criticised the #EndSARS protests; saying those who advocate for the disbandment of the police unit are ‘dumb kids.’
Lauretta Onochie made this assertion via a series of tweets on her verified Twitter handle.
In reference to a Vanguard Newspaper headline that shared the Instagram story of the daughter of the President, Zahra Buhari seeking for an end to police brutality, the presidential spokesperson explained the differences between scrapping the unit and reforming it.
“There’s a great difference between #EndPoliceBrutality and #EndSars. One is by Nigerians, the other is by dumb kids. Those who have no clear understanding of what the root issues are; as well as those who are still angry that the NLC called off their strike.”
Lauretta Onochie further articulated her points stating that what she seeks is an end to police brutality.
“For me, even parading alleged criminals on National TV and also making them confess; is part of that brutality that needs to stop; especially when two or more years down the line, such people have not been charged nor convicted.
“We must separate the end SARS childishness from the #EndPoliceBrutality Campaign. Ending Police Brutality comes with reforms.
“This is why reforms are needed to reposition SARS to serve it’s purposes more efficiently and more effectively to the pride of the nation.
“The reforms are not just about laying out the rules guiding SARS. The public needs to SEE that their reports and complaints are taken seriously and acted upon, including reports about those who slap or kill police officers too.
“If we end SARS and create something else; it will metamorphose into another SARS; just as we have today- still with some bad eggs.
“When erring officers are seen to be held accountable; as well as punished according to the laws, public confidence will return. Citizens would embrace them.
“Nations strengthen their institutions. They don’t kill them.
“Let’s come together to push for a positive reform that will and can also #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY.”