By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Chief Executive Officer of Aerofield Homes, Lagos, Armstrong ‘Tope Akintunde has said that it is high time the federal government started taking the empowerment and welfare of the youths serious.
He said when a country abandoned the development of its youth, it suffered grave consequences.
Akintunde stated this while lending his voice on the ongoing end Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) #EndSARS protest.
The real estate merchant declared that the failure of successive government to see youths as major stakeholders in the governance process was part of the factors that have emboldened the Nigeria police to maltreat the youths and oftentimes send some to their early grave.
Akintunde said, “I am with my constituency, the youth on this march against impunity, recklessness, abuse of power, extortion, extrajudicial killings among other acts of illegality having free reign in Nigeria police.
“It is sad that the SARS unit of the police is notorious for this and the Nigerian youths have always been at the receiving end. This is condemnable and must stop forthwith”.
The fast-rising property merchant said it is not enough for the federal government to disband SARS but to commence holistic reforms of Nigeria police so that it can henceforth be service-oriented and operate according to international best practices.
Akintunde said the federal government should use the occasion of the ongoing #EndSARS protest to fight bad governance, unemployment corruption and begin to consider integrating the youths into the governance process.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain commended the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun for setting up a judicial investigation panel on police brutality as well as for earmarking N50million support fund for victims of alleged police brutality
He said that sincere efforts such as this would help a lot to heal the wound inflicted on the youths and calm fray nerves.