Following the tension arising from the Lekki tool gate shooting by armless #EndSARS Protesters by the military, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the country.
The milisrty and Buhari Administration have been roundly condemned worldwide for unleashing soldiers on innocent Nigerians protesting for police reforms.
While addressing a press conference on Thursday at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, the National chairman of the PDP , Prince Uche Secondus said the right to peaceful protests is constitutionally enshrined in the 1999 constitution.
He called on President Buhari to announce a national emergency on the security architecture.
“We wish to state unequivocally that the President has the honourable option in the face of the glaring incompetence in governance to declare a national emergency in the nation’s security architecture.
“We also request for the immediate setting up of an independent judicial panel to look into the handling of this peaceful protest especially as it relates to the role of security agencies,” Secondus stated.
The Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu swiftly responded to the youth outcry by disbanding the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, replacing it with SWAT, an action that did not go down well with protesters who demanded instead the total and unconditional overhaul of the entire nation’s security architecture.
“This responsibility rests squarely with the federal government who controls and manages the police force. But rather than do something urgently as a committed and civilized government, the federal government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari chose instead to remain mum in the face of the people’s legitimate outcry for attention and justice.
“PDP finds the glaring snobbish silence of the President and the injection of violence into the peaceful protest as unacceptable as it paved the way for the deployment of the military to murder innocent harmless Nigeria youths.
“This was callously done on Tuesday night at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos where some group of armed uniformed soldiers of the Nigerian Army opened fire on protesting youths killing and maiming several of them.”