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Nigerians voice opposition against clampdown on #endsars protesters

By on November 10, 2020 0 94 Views

By GFDNews Correspondents

Some Nigerians have described the decision of the federal government to clamp down on #ednsars protesters as a betrayal of trust and in bad faith.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had obtained court permission to freeze the accounts of major sponsors of the youth campaign against police brutality in the country.

The clampdown on some of the #endsars protesters is seen as government insincerity on its promises to listen to the youth and implement some of their recommendations and demands.

Taking to her Twitter handle, Oluwarinu Oduala one of the leading voices of the campaign said the federal government action is a negation of the spirit of democracy and fairness.

Oduala, who claimed that her account is one of the bank accounts frozen by the CBN noted that the government action was a betrayal of the supposed peace-making efforts of the government.

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“How do you expect me as a part of the future of this country to still believe in a country who thinks they can through CBN freeze my account for no just cause? This is not fair.

“I am not afraid—I am only disappointed that this country will treat us this way. We are the soul of this nation and no nation exists without her people,

“The funds in question here also includes some of my personal hard-earned money of over N200,000 naira. These funds were earmarked for disbursement towards the medical bills of injured protesters,” she wrote.

Oduala, a member of the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry probing cases of police brutality has since stayed away from sitting of the panel in protest against government harassment.

President Mohammadu Buhari on Monday said; “I have sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths.”

The president while hosting the United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed counseled the youth to keep the peace in their best interest.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday warned political office holders and policymakers against paying lip service to youth unemployment.

“Let us meet them where they are, we don’t want to wait until they also start to grumble or protest we should be proactive,” Lawan said.

Many civil society groups have condemned the action of the CBN and the government, noting that clamping down on the youth will be counter productive.

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