Say hello to the resilience of Nigerian youth
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday paid tribute to young Nigerians for their resistance in putting pressure on police authorities to disband the Special Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, in response to public unrest to end drug abuse. Nigerian. Police force.
In a statement signed by his media assistant, Paul Ibe, made available to journalists Sunday night, the former vice president said:
“This was the right thing to do. A system that brutally eliminates our youth is not one to cling to, and we cannot be proud of it either. Now we can start from scratch to imagine an elite police unit and a comprehensive review of the police and policing system that is people-centered ”,
In his words, the will of the people is the bulwark of the democratic system and the rulers cannot ignore the will of the people without undermining democracy itself.
However, the Wazirin Adamawa noted that redistributing rotten eggs in SARS to other units may not bode well, as they are capable of contaminating those units. According to him, affected officers need to be properly evaluated and trained to ensure that they do not enter their new assignments with the same mindset for which the disbanded unit was known.
Atiku Abubakar proposed an independent judicial investigation into SARS activities that will guarantee justice for victims of extrajudicial killings and punishment for officers involved in such vile acts. He also suggested opening the dreaded SARS cells for the scrutiny and balance of the detainees.
In addition, he noted that the dissolution of SARS “offers us the opportunity to imagine a police and police system that guarantees the primacy of the interest of Nigerians”, adding that the planned comprehensive review of the police must take into account the needs of the states. regional and state. and members of the council.
Wazirin Adamawa congratulated the Nigerian youth for achieving their determination and reminded them that if they stick together, they can achieve much more. He recommended that they stand firm to ensure good governance in an egalitarian society.
He praised the courage and patriotism of young Nigerians who took to the streets and on social media to call for an end to the brutal abuses by SARS agents.
He noted that “citizens who participated in peaceful protests without disturbing innocent people are heroes of our democracy.”
“I must commend the courage and tenacity of these young people in holding the dishonest elements of the police force accountable. Apathy in the face of abuses promotes impunity and, therefore, these young men and women deserve our respect for defending the dissolution of SARS, ”added the former vice president.
He paid tribute to Jimoh Isiaq, who was killed in Ogbomoso in the course of the #EndSARS protests and all those extrajudicially murdered over the years and expressed the hope that his sacrifices were not in vain.