By Adeola Badru
The national president of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has declared his support for the ongoing protest over alleged police brutality and all forms of violence against the people, adding that the Federal Government, out of necessity, makes a comprehensive and holistic reform of the police.
Secondus made the remarks on Friday, while leading the party’s national leadership on a condolence visit to Governor Seyi Makinde, who lost his mother, at his residence in Ikolaba, Ibadan.
Addressing journalists, he urged the federal government to compensate those abused and murdered during the protests, saying that such a gesture would go a long way toward getting young protesters off the streets.
He said that the party’s national leadership has met with its members in the Senate to consider the various ongoing situations across the country, adding that the party is genuinely concerned about the turn of events.
Secondus said: “We were with the Senate leadership of our party yesterday (Thursday). We support the protest because they are young Nigerians ”.
“We are concerned and we also call on the APC president and government to carry out a comprehensive and holistic policy and policy reform that will return the country to the right place for the protection and safety of our people.”
“It is also important to note that to all those who are brutalized and killed, the government must give them compensation. We believe that if that is done, our youth will be off the street. A country where the rule of law will come into play ”, he said.
The national president of the PDP said the visit was to condole the governor and the family for the loss of their mother.
He said, “A time like this is the time when you meet those who care and those who are with you. Unfortunately, we have two situations on our hands. We lost the party president in Zamfara ”.
“Obviously, we split; The national vice president of the party left for Zamfara yesterday morning for the funeral of our late party president. And I and the rest of us in the leadership of the National Labor Committee decided yesterday to come to Ibadan today. “
“We hereby have God’s grace to comfort you and the rest of your family. We have no other way to do that than to join you in prayers. “
“It is a very painful experience that you have to go through, sometimes alone. I know what it is because I have experienced it. Only God can fill the void in your heart because caring for a mother is very different from caring for a father. “
“So, on behalf of our party leadership, we are here to console you on this visit of condolences. The Lord will strengthen you. And because you are one of our best and you do good works for the people of the state of Oyo and at this moment that you are giving your best, suddenly, God who gives has taken your beloved mother. “
“We are here to share the pain and sadness with you and to let you know that we will continue to pray during this period, even as we prepare for the funeral. After the funeral, we will continue to pray for you, your immediate and larger family. It is important for us to do so, having worked with you and having seen you as a man who is compassionate and cares about others. “
“Dear ones, we are here with you and we pray that God energizes you in this period and extends His right hand of justice to touch each of the family members to bear this great loss.”
“Therefore, as members of the National Labor Committee, we pray that God will keep you now and in the future so that you will continue to do good work for the people of Oyo State.”
Previously, Governor Makinde described his late mother, Boss (Mrs.) Abigail Omojolagbe Makinde, as an epitome of love and humility, despite being a disciplinarian.
He said: “I want to thank you very sincerely for this visit of condolences. I want to say, on behalf of myself, my wife, my immediate family, and my extended family, we are very grateful and grateful for this visit. This happened yesterday morning and you are here this morning. Show that you really love me. So I want to thank you. “
“Actually, we were preparing for my mom’s 81st birthday, which would have been November 7, exactly three weeks after yesterday. But who are we to question God?
“We are grateful to God for the life he lived. For us, she was the personification of love, humility. She was tough. “
“If you see that trait in some of us, it’s hers. And we also thank God that it was not as if we were taking her from one hospital to another. He died peacefully in his sleep. So we thank God for what he has done. “