The Co-convener of #Bringbackourgirls and one of the leading voices in the #EndSARS protest that has been trending all around the globe, Aisha Yesufu has advised protesters to remain resolute and not lose focus in their demand for a total reformation of the Nigerian Police Force.
In a video uploaded to her Twitter handle, @AishaYesufu on Wednesday morning was reacting to the leadership tussle rocking some of the voices of the #EndSARS campaign.
The Demonstrations which was first organised on social media had erupted into nationwide protests on the streets with the protesters calling for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad because of their highhandedness towards Nigerian citizens. The SARS unit was accused of unlawful arrests, torture, extortion, intimidation, harassment, and extra-judicial killings.
After intense pressure from all quarters, the Federal Government on Sunday gave in to the protesters’ demand by announcing that the special police unit has been disbanded.
However, on Tuesday, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new police squad, Special Weapons, and Tactics SWAT unit to ‘fill the gaps’ of the defunct SARS and ordered that former operatives of SARS must have to undergo psychological and medical examinations.
The announcements of the new unit were greeted with skepticism because many believed it was just like continuing with the same men in another new name. Reno Omokri, a former aide to Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan described the New SWAT team as exactly like when Federal Government Changed NEPA To PHCN without it having any effect on the Power company in terms of light generation.
But speaking on Wednesday, Yesufu advised the protesters not to be distracted by the leadership tussle but to “eye on the ball.”
She said, “Dear Nigerian youths, you have the government when you want the government. You are doing amazing, you are doing something that we haven’t done.
“Please don’t get distracted over this issue of who is this, who is not what; eye on the ball —forget the distraction. There is nothing yet for you to go into fighting mode over. Focus on your message and the results that you want. That’s what is most important.
“Yes, we have seen the headlines from the government but have you seen the execution plan?
“Can the government bring an execution plan where we know A, B, C, D, this is what it will do from this time to this time, what will happen with time frame? That is what is most important.”
Continuing, she added, “A lot of people who are not being part of this protest as you will expect are trying to discredit it by talking about the protest being monetised. If anybody collects money for the protest, drag the person out, let those who didn’t collect money do their thing.
“If yours is monetised, another person isn’t monetised. I wonder why we want to drag things down. This is part of the things that had hurt the older generation and that is why we’ve remained divided and we have not had the country that works for all of us.
“Please don’t get distracted, focus on the issue. You are doing so great. You have woken up, you’ve found your voices and you have even given us also voices. #EndSARS now, #SARSMustEnd and we must have a great nation. Nothing else matters.”
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