By Nwafor Sunday
Just three days ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered young Nigerians to stop protesting, #ENDSARS activists They have started the process of electing their leaders and advisers.
This was revealed by an unidentified group, called BNI, which provided for the online voting process through the Google form.
A former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili; Pastor Sam Adeyemi; Ibukun Awosika; Amina Salihu, among others, are among those who can be voted as advisers.
The nominees for national leadership they contain a list of 19 names, including rap artist, Jude Abaga Folarin Falana, Aisha Yesufu; Timi Dakolo; Feyikemi Abudu and Editi Effiong.
Another 12 names were presented to choose from for the coordination of activities in Lagos state. Nominees include, Inibehe Effiong; I must Adebayo, Kiki Mordi; Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), among others.
Remember that Buhari On Thursday he had called on young people to stop protesting, noting that their demands had been heard and would soon be heeded.
His words: “Therefore, I ask our young people to suspend the street protests and constructively engage the government in the search for solutions.
“His voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal business and call on law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and property of all law-abiding citizens without harming those they are supposed to protect. “
Not satisfied with the offer of the President, the coalition of protest groups in Nigeria through BNI issued a statement, stating that the fight must continue but not in physical protests like
Read the full statement down:
A STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION OF PROTEST GROUPS IN LAKOS AND NIGERIA
Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide address on Thursday, October 22, we are more determined to press not only for justice, but for a new and better Nigeria where all citizens are safe and can prosper.
Lagos State, where the hotbed of resistance began, has been under a statewide curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Before that, the soldiers attacked the peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate and unleashed a carnage. We have watched with horror the consequent acts of violence, assassinations, looting, looting and vandalism of homes, businesses and organizations in Lagos State, and we would like to emphatically state that these are not protesters. We fully condemn any form of violence or looting.
For the sake of the well-being of our comrades and ordinary citizens who are adversely affected by this, we will de-prioritize physical protests, for now. But, for the sake of those who died, before the protests, during the protests and at the hands of the soldiers at the Lekki toll gate, people the government has largely refused to acknowledge, THE FIGHT MUST CONTINUE .
These are our goals for the next few days:
During our protests, we made a conscious effort to clean up the venues and keep our environment safe for everyone. Following the reprehensible acts of vandalism that have occurred since the curfews began, we are volunteering efforts to clean up and rebuild the state.
- Online protest
We will continue to intensify online publicity and protest of issues and lawsuits that arise. We will host conversations, share articles, and amplify the voices of opinion leaders in that direction.
- Offline community involvement
We will continue grassroots mobilization and civic education for the masses, providing tools for education that enable them to understand the scale and scope of what is at stake.
We are developing a timeline to track the actions taken to meet our demands. In this way, we know what has been done, what is being done and what can be crossed off our list. In this way, we know if and when the government defaults, and we can decide if it is necessary to return to the streets.
We are building short, medium and long term strategies to maintain this momentum and keep this fire burning that has been ignited by the actions of youth in Nigeria. The strategies are based on and oriented towards Education, Voter Registration, Political Awareness, and Youth Representation in government.
We will create a structure to strategically consolidate demands, formalize the coalition, drive ongoing online protest, develop monitoring and evaluation standards, and continue citizen mobilization and education.
The leaderless nature of this protest but the constant unity in the demands have been part of our unique strengths. As we move towards consolidation and negotiation, it is now pertinent that we present a diverse group to represent the different coalitions; from celebrities to activists, legal minds to strategists, journalists to entrepreneurs, etc. We consult far and wide to find these names, and while this may not be exhaustive, it offers us an interim basis to begin trading and consolidation.
Nominees will meet with different protest leaders / blocs across the country / states and consolidate into one vehicle for ongoing demands. They will also monitor the government’s actions, represent our demands, and provide us with regular feedback.
Due to the decentralized nature of this movement across the country, we nominated a team with expertise in leadership and diplomacy to assist in counseling and other support. This team will be consulted from time to time during the process. The criteria are people of integrity, people who have vast experience in national issues and who have a history of being pro-youth.
All nominations are provisional. If there are people that you believe should be on the list, people who have been instrumental in the success of these protests and can work towards updating our demands and the ultimate mission: a better government / future for Nigeria, nominate yourselves.
In conclusion, these protests have never been politically motivated. It is not about ethnicity or tribalism. Young people across the country are demanding justice, good governance, accountability and reform. These protests have no sponsor or agenda other than what we have repeatedly stated; better governance, accountability and an end to brutality.
For all of you who have lost someone or something, we stand in solidarity with you.
To all of our heroes who died before and during these struggles, we say Rest in Power! Your deaths will not be in vain.
It is not finished!
On behalf of the Coalition ”.