- Thanks President for allowing youths protest and exercise their rights without intimidation
- Demands perpetrators of killings, arson, looting, be immediately brought to book.
A coalition of 180 CSOs identified as Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the wanton killings, arson and looting perpetrated in the #EndSARS nationwide protests.
The President of the group, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, in a statement on Friday, applauded the president’s nationwide address describing it as a reassuring and mind boggling address.
Ogakwu, however, called on the president to take a step further and probe the looting and arson witnessed in some parts of the country by thugs masquerading as protesters.
Part of the statement read: “The president, like the statesman that he is, acknowledged that to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments.
“But, we all know, like the president rightly stated, that the protests have been hijacked by hoodlums who are now using the opportunity to loot, kill and destroy private and public properties.
“We call on the president to go a step further and probe the wanton killings, looting and arson in the last few days by hooligans in some parts of the country.
“Those who are perpetrating these acts must be brought to book and be used as scapegoats. We cannot surrender our beloved country to undesirable elements who are hell-bent on sowing the seed of discord and causing chaos in Nigeria.’’
CSGGG also commended the president for immediately acceding to some key and immediate requests of the #EndSARS protesters, adding that the organisers of the procession should have halted the exercise since the Buhari-administration has shown a commitment to its demands.
The group added: “If the genuine protesters had heeded to the call of reason to halt the protests and work with the government to ensure far-reaching police reforms, we won’t be where we are today.
“We, however, thank President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing them to exercise their rights without being intimidated and harassed.
“We note that there was a major fracas in the Lekki area of Lagos and we are confident that the panel of enquiry set up by the authorities will shed more light on the incident.”