A presidential aspirant under the African Democratic Congress, Kingsley Moghalu, has blamed the failure of governance for turning the youth into a threat.
Moghalu made this call in a statement on Wednesday, October 20, in the wake of the #EndSARS memorial protests.
According to him, the youths are Nigeria’s most productive asset but have become a threat to the government because of its failures.
He said, “Nigeria’s young men and women face many fundamental challenges. The strength of their numbers (nearly 70 per cent of our population) is supposed to be the country’s most productive asset; but the failure of governance has turned this into a threat, and the #EndSARS movement has witnessed efforts to silence the voices of our young people, physically and on social media including the ‘Twitter ban’.
“A year ago, Nigerian youth organised themselves in the peaceful #EndSARS protests to demand freedom from police brutality. Quite sadly, the bravery of the young compatriots was met with even more brutality.
“Like millions of fellow citizens, and indeed the youth, today; I especially remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during the protest. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten or in vain.”
Moghalu also mentioned his five-point agenda if elected into office; which he says would provide a council that would memorialise the 2020 #EndSARS protests.
He said, “The council will work to bring into reality the promises of the National Youth Policy. As part of its responsibilities, the council will memorialise the 2020 #EndSARS protest and restore civic engagement and the right to protest as provided for in the Nigerian constitution.”
Meanwhile, Omoyele Sowore, an activist and publisher of SaharaReporters; has slammed the present administration over its failure on police reform.
Sowore spoke on Wednesday, October 20, when he led a group of protesters who gathered at the unity fountain in Abuja to commemorate the first-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.
Nigerians had protested against police brutality in October 2020; under the #EndSARS movement.
Speaking in Abuja, Sowore said the youths are tired of the current state of affairs in the country.
“We are tired of a system that does not work for us. We cannot continue to pretend that the system is working for us,” he said.
He added that in a system where “incompetent and wrong” people are in power; they cannot be expected to “reform your country for you”.