Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria.
Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna central in the Nigerian upper legislative chamber, has posited that the protest against police harassment and brutality is a message to those in power that a revolution is coming.
Recall that aggrieved Nigerians have been protesting across the country, asking for an end to police brutality, especially a controversial police unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Despite the dissolution of the police unit (SARS) by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the protests are still ongoing, all over the country.
In a statement released to newsmen, Senator Sani said, apart from the police, the governance and the country as a whole needs to be reformed.
“The nationwide protest is a message to those in power and authority that a revolution is impending in an atmosphere of social, economic and political inequities and infamy,”
“Even though the trigger of the protest was police brutality, police reforms are not enough to address the underlying and provocative factors that compelled the mass of the youths to the streets.
“The political class has for long toyed with the lives and future of our youths who were left with no option but to revolt.
While addressing the #EndSARS protest as a conscience in motion, Sani stated that the protest by the Nigerian youths has lit up our National space and recharge the conscience of the nation.
“Systemic plunder and theft of the national resources, mass unemployment, the collapse of public education, widening gap between the rich, false and pretentious change mantra and the poor and stupendous and brazen display of wealth by the children of the rich and those in high public offices to the contempt of the children of the poor grievously inflames the anger of the revolutionary youths on the streets.
“The protests by the Nigerian youths have lit up our National space and recharge the conscience of the nation. We must admit the fact that the political class has taken the poor and the downtrodden for granted for so long.
“The End SARS protest is a conscience in motion. The opposition, the trade unions, and the parliament have failed Nigerians until the Youth took their destiny into their hands.
“As long as the government at all levels and the nation will continue to be run for the benefit of the few and their immediate families, this kind of uprising is just the beginning.
“The use of sponsored thugs to attack unarmed protesters in Abuja stands condemned. Thugs cannot and must not stop the wheel of conviction.”
Sani added that “Nigerian leaders” enslave the poor and spit on their children.