Former Senate President, Olubukola Saraki has aired his view on the agitation of Nigerian youths calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Unit (SARS) of the Nigerian police force.
Saraki who reacted to the recent protest by Nigerian youths said that he could no longer sit back and fold his arms while the situation of the country continues to worsen.
“As a patriot who firmly believes in the rule of law. I can no longer sit back and watch. My words are written with a sense of responsibility for the prosperity and protection of the nation,” Saraki said.
Pointing out that the uprise and agitation by Nigerian youths were not politically motivated, Saraki explained that the youths were only demanding for the protection of their daily rights and liberties, to live, associate, and work, productively in peace.
“In my opinion, this EndSarsNow, EndPoliceBrutality is not one bit about politics. It is all about young people whose agitation and raised voices are demanding protection of their daily rights and liberties, to live, associate, and work, productively in peace.
“The very diversity of the protests shows they are apolitical in nature. Our youths are fed up with a system that has first and foremost failed to do its duty to protect them. I try hard to imagine how awful it must be to be picked up and picked on by members of this notorious squad simply because of my dress or hairdo, etc. That has nothing to do with maintaining law and order. Which as we all know, can even be achieved peacefully – weapons must always only be a last resort,” Saraki said.
Further calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to listen to the cry of youths who are calling for the disbandment of SARS, Saraki who pointed out that the country now belongs to the youths said:
“…the country now belongs to our youth and that leaders must, if only for that reason, always listen to them, address their concerns, and design policies and programmes aimed at engaging them productively.
“This means that if young people are being terrorized by the institution designed and constitutionally duty-bound to protect them and feel that SARS has become a menace to them and society, then we must listen! Meaning we should, quite simply. disband SARS, take a step back, take a comprehensive stock of the activities of SARS. and assess complaints. After all, it is not as if the police cannot effectively carry out their duty of maintaining the peace and protecting Nigerians’ fives and property without the SARS.”
It will be recalled that Nigerian youths had trooped out en-mass to call for the disbandment of SARS.
While Buhari revealed that he had directed the IGP to address the issues with the Special Anti-Robbery squad, Nigerian youth have however vowed not to relent on their protests until the SARS Unit is disbanded.
My words are written with a sense of responsibility for the prosperity and protection of the nation. If some willingly try and misunderstand my words below, so be it, as the matter is too important and above individual vanities.#EndSARS#EndPoliceBrutalitypic.twitter.com/gVXPZzmLQQ— Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 11, 2020