I must say the wind of change is blowing in Nigeria. The bold steps taken by the Youths is highly commendable. This unity of purpose across board is unprecedented. One lesson we need to take out of this is that shades of ethnicity and tribe affinity has no place when we act in unity and watch each others back in our quest for Development.
I must also commend the government for giving listening ears to the demands of this #EndSARs protest.
The way forward is for the youth agitating not to lose the momentum gathering. They need as a matter of urgency to articulate these demands by having a platform where leaders representing them quickly engage the government in a round table discussion.
Let me say unequivocally that all protests, agitations, and conflicts are to be solved through negotiation. They should have a conversation to jaw-jaw and not war-war.
Again, the protester must be vigilant not to allow their flanks to be infiltrated by hoodlums and hijackers.
If not, the essence of their protest will loose the salt of taste that makes it pleasant to us right now.
However, recent event is rather worrisome. The activities of hoodlums infiltrating the ranks and files of protesters has turned a peaceful demonstration into anarchy. The incident recorded where Innocent peaceful protesters are been violently attacked and shot at by government forces at the Lekki Toll Plaze area of Lagos is something of great concern.
As a matter of urgency and before this escalate into a big monster, I call upon the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari to have a national conversation with Nigerians. The tension and killings must stop. We at the Society for Peace Studies and Practice, Ogun State Chapter condemns destruction of lives and properties in any form of disguise.
Finally, it is high time the protest is taken off the street to the next level where serious engagement from the Youth leadership jaw jaw on the way forward with government.
Dr. Osundina Olasunkanmi
Society for Peace Studies and Pratice
Ogun State, Nigeria