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Olumakaiye commends youths on #ENDSARS protest

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Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye. Photo: ANGLICANNIGERIA

Says demonstration genuine agitation for change

The Diocesan and Missioner, Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Humphrey Olumakaiye has said the Church will not bury her head in the sand expecting issues to redress itself, as the weeklong protest for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police rage across the nation and other parts of the globe.

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Olumakaiye described the protest as a genuine agitation that is borne out of deep concern for the future of the nation.

He expressed delight that the government in a time like this has given prominence to the voice of the people by mandating the Police to scrap the unit.

He noted that the decision to scrap the unit should not be a statement written on paper and made by mouth alone, but there should be sincerity of purpose to guide the Federal Government to implement its proposals to consult stakeholders and enact reforms for the Police.

Olumakaiye hailed the youths for exhibiting unparalleled interest towards the betterment of the nation and for rekindling hope in the bright future Nigerians long for.

He said they have demonstrated that together Nigerians can make the difference they desire and bring the Nigeria of their dreams to reality.

The cleric, however, appealed to them not to allow themselves be weaponised by enemies of progress who do not encourage or reinforce positive values that can bring about a Nigeria they can be proud of.

“Now we can boldly say that we are titling towards a Nigeria where a child of nobody can become somebody without knowing anybody. A society built on merit and ingenuity, where moral values count. A society where the sanctity of life is held in the highest esteems by government, security personnel and fellow citizens. One where a tribe will not be at the mercy of another and politics will not be money-driven,” he said.

Olumakaiye charged the youths to avoid mob mentality, seek redress without subscribing to violence, believing that they shall live to see the Nigeria of their dream.

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