A presidential aspirant under the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Kingsley Moghalu, has said that youths in the country have become threats to government because of failure of governance.
Moghalu stated this on Wednesday in a statement to commemorate the first year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest, declaring that the youths are Nigeria’s most productive asset, but have become a threat to the government because of its failures.
He said: “Nigeria’s young men and women face many fundamental challenges. The strength of their numbers (nearly 70 per cent of our population) is supposed to be the country’s most productive asset; but the failure of governance has turned this into a threat, and the #EndSARS movement has witnessed efforts to silence the voices of our young people, physically and on social media including the ‘Twitter ban’.
“A year ago, Nigerian youth organised themselves in the peaceful #EndSARS protests to demand freedom from police brutality. Quite sadly, the bravery of the young compatriots was met with even more brutality. Like millions of fellow citizens, and indeed the youth, today, I especially remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during the protest. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten or in vain.”
Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also disclosed that if he becomes Nigeria’s president in 2023, he would set up a council that would memorialise the 2020 #EndSARS protests.
He said: “The council will work to bring into reality the promises of the National Youth Policy. As part of its responsibilities, the council will memorialise the 2020 #EndSARS protest and restore civic engagement and the right to protest as provided for in the Nigerian constitution.”
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