By Olawale Ibrahim , Lokoja
ActionAid Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to fully address the nation in a national broadcast as a Father and leader with the mandate of the people to manage the affairs of the country and give clear-cut responses to the demands of the protesters before it is too late.
A statement signed by its country Director Ene Obi copy of which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja, stated that Nigerians anticipate clear plans, timelines, and commitments, which will be in form of a pact with the citizens.
ActionAid Nigeria lamented however that the latest twist and turns in the ongoing protest specifically the pockets of hijacks by unknown elements with unending attacks on peaceful protesters.
They also lament over the attack on the governor of Osun State; the loss of lives and property of protesters and innocent citizens; and most recently the prison break, and destruction of government properties in Edo State while multitude of cars burnt in Apo, Abuja, calls for concern and swift action before the situation degenerates into full swing anarchy.
They expressed that Buhari should see this as an opportunity to write his name in the sands of time by starting the process of transforming this country especially by responding to the demands of citizens.
ActionAid Nigeria also called on security agencies to keep securing the streets to get unscrupulous elements with illegitimate interests off the peaceful protests, stressing that they should respect the rights of peaceful protesters.
“We applaud the resolve of Nigerian youths leading the revival across the country and the resolute to hold government to account. However, it is pertinent that decorum is maintained while resisting any calculated attempts by unknown elements to disrupt, the just cause for total reformation of our country, Nigeria.
The statement further read, “ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has been following the unfolding events amidst the agitations by the citizens and has deemed it fit to further address emerging trends in the ongoing protest.
“The protest has moved from being a social media campaign to a peaceful protest by Nigerians across the globe in the last 13 days, with clear demands on the abolition of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad accused of unlawful arrests, torture, and extra-judicial killings.”
ActionAid Nigeria said it has observed that the peaceful protest is gaining more momentum across the country, with young people airing their grievances on rights violations and the need for an overhaul of the country’s security and governance architecture.