#EndSARS Protest Bothers On Anger, Frustrations-Segun Oni


Former Ekiti State governor, Chief Segun Oni, has declared that the #EndSARS protest which dovetailed into the violence that ensued on 10 October, 2020 was as a result of the growing anger and frustrations of Nigerians.

The former governor, in a statement issued on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to look beyond the surface to realise that there was more to the violence that trailed the October #EndSARS protest than met the eye.

Oni, who was the Ekiti State governor between 2007 and 2010, said the violence was beyond a protest against police brutality, but a testimony to pent-up anger, frustration and the ravaging poverty among the people.

He said the charge of police brutality that signposted the violence, looting and destruction of properties was the trigger hoodlums who hijacked the protest needed to unleash terror on the society.

He enjoined government to map out strategies that would engage the youth in particular in gainful ways, adding that employment opportunities must be expanded and that job placements for youths should be done on merit rather than on religion, ethnicity and political affiliation.

He also enjoined the Federal Government to act quickly on the reformation of the Nigeria Police to make its operatives operate within globally-accepted standards.

The former governor advised that part of the reformation of the police should be a re-examination of poor remunerations, inadequate training and poor working conditions and a need to improve on them.

He stressed that most cases of police brutality reported in the society were consequences of frustration in the operatives and a resultant transfer of aggression.

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“If policemen do not get good salaries, they will not give good service. If you have a police force, you must cater for its operatives and provide them with modern technological devices before you can demand integrity of them.

“There is also the need to recruit more people into the police to strengthen the Force numerically.

“I see too many angry faces, I see too many frustrated persons. I see too many youths walking on the streets without a hope of a better tomorrow and I am worried,’’ he said.

Chief Oni however condemned the violent protest and the vandalism that followed the #EndSARS protest, noting that government’s properties that were destroyed were put in place for the common good and at huge costs, but were destroyed unjustifiably.

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