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Listen to youths, review security architecture, group tells FG

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A non-governmental organisation, the Forum for National Builders and Social Development has advised governments at all levels in the country to listen to the yearnings of the youths and review the country’s security architecture to ensure peace.

The group said the trend of violence that erupted after the peaceful demonstration of the youths against police brutality showed that government needed to do more for the people.

Convener of the group, Mr. Ayo Odeyemi and two other members, Alhaji Lateef Bakare and Chief Abiola Oloke, in a statement, commended the peaceful protesters for making history to register their displeasure with the wave of insecurity and extra-judicial killings in the nation, saying it’s a move which has shown their commitment to welfare and security of Nigerians.

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It also condemned the violence that broke out as an aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests, stressing that government should be cautious in the deployment of the military to restore peace to troubled spots.

“The continuous failure of governance; which has led to the exclusion of a large proportion of the citizenry from access to basic services such as quality education, healthcare, stable electricity, portable water and others; is unsustainable and must be redressed without further delay by instituting changes within our political and governance systems towards ensuring that only competent, capable service-oriented people of character get into leadership and the civil service is restructured to deliver,” the statement read.

The group urged government to embark on a wholesale review of the nation’s security architecture, condition of service of uniformed men, especially the Nigeria Police, and bridge the gap in manning and training of the personnel of the Force.

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