Ambassador Hussaini Coomassie, deputy national coordinator and Buhari Campaign Organiser in charge of the entire north on Saturday, October 17, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
Coomassie stated that Buhari ought to take a strong stance, further explaining that the ongoing #EndSARS protest wouldn’t have happened if Olusegun Obasanjo was the president of Nigeria today.
To him, the president must approach the matter with an ‘iron fist’
He added that Buhari must take the necessary process to deal with the irregularities going on in the country such as inviting the military to take over if the police has failed to handle the situation.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins, on Saturday, October 17; urged the Police authorities to listen to the legitimate public outcry against the excesses of the officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
According to the Catholic cleric, the SARS officials have resorted to molesting the very people they are meant to protect; which is not in line with their mandate.
This call was contained in a statement issued by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos via its director, Anthony Godonu.
The prelate further explained that the recent increase in allegations of police brutality; particularly SARS operatives, against Nigerians; mostly youths across the country was not only a breach of professional conduct; but also showed wickedness and lack of respect for the citizens for whose welfare they were set up.
He, therefore, expressed his support for the ongoing protests demanding an end to SARS as presently constituted; and the emergence of a better-constituted unit that is well-monitored and accountable for its actions.
Martins said, “The officers in charge of such units must be specially trained, well-funded; and equipped for such purpose. SARS at present has compromised the purpose of its existence.”
The Catholic cleric also advised that the process of recruiting officers; and men of the Force should be re-evaluated to attract more graduates of sound mind and body; who must be exposed to international standards of training.
“In recent times, we have received several reports and seen many online videos alleging that some personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, especially SARS operatives, have been involved in various acts of brutality and extortion against innocent citizens of this great country.
“It is sad that a good fraction of the very persons who are constitutionally empowered to provide security and ensure peace and order have now turned against the very people they are meant to protect.”