#EndSARS Protests: APC chieftain to Buhari: “Don’t use Military, force against Peaceful Protesters

Comrade Jonathan Vatsa

…says, agitations show we have failed the people

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state, Comrade Jonathan Vatsa has cautioned President Mohammadu Buhari against using any force on the peaceful protesters across the country, warning that such action will be counter productive at the end.

This caution is coming after the protest against Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) changed into a new gear in some parts of the country leading to the killings of some protesters.

Comrade Vatsa who was a former commissioner for Information and Culture in Niger state was over the weekend reacting to the killings of some protesters by security agents in Edo, Taraba, Lagos states and other parts of the country.

While speaking to Journalists, he warned that peaceful protests all over the world is a fundamental right of the citizens against any perceived bad system like the “inhuman and unprofessional attitude of the SARS”.

He urged President Buhari not to be deceived by “any sycophant” to result to the use of force against the #EndSARS Protesters, stressing that “governance world over is about the people, so therefore when the people are peacefully demanding a change of a bad system you don’t kill them.”

Accordingly, he said “It will be a serious political error to use either the same Police or the Military against the protesters. That is what the enemies want and we must not fall into their hands if not I am afraid”.

“The eruption of protests by different groups across the country is a clear sign that something is fundamentally wrong with the system at the moment, and the pool are beginning to ask questions.

“In the entire South there is #EndSARS Protests, in the far North they are demanding end to Insurgence and insecurity and in the North Central they are demanding end to Banditry, end to bad roads and poor Electricity supply.

“This is the time for the government to begin to take stock, we can no longer continue to pretend that things are working. The system is failing, we couldn’t provide the change that we promised Nigerians, that is the truth”.

The APC Stalwart however said that he is not surprised at the different protests by different group across the country, adding that “we sowed the seed of protests in 2014/2015 to draw the attention of the world to a failing system; now we are reaping it, so the President must handle it with care”.

Vatsa who is currently the Coordinator, Public affairs to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello strongly believed that the deteriorating situation of everything in the country today is fueling the protests.

According to Vatsa, “our situation in Niger State today is better imagined than experienced. The federal government has abandoned the people to their fate after it enjoyed our massive supports.

“Today we can not boost of any good federal road in the state, the Electricity supply, despite the state’s contribution to power generation in the country is nothing to write home about, less than six hours of Electricity a day. This is quite unfortunate”.

Daniel Okpole Atori is a public affairs analyst, Communication Expert, Media facilitator, renowned Journalist with flair for high professionalism in the media world spanning over 13 years. He has worked with Pen Watch Newspaper, Nigerian Compass Newspapers and currently with Eagle Online as Niger State Bureau Chief and New Telegraph Newspapers as Niger State Correspondent

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