Northern Governors Condemn #EndSARs Protest …Says Protesters want regime change outside ballot box

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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Northern States Governors have condemned the #EndSARS protest which has led to killings and destruction of property in some parts of the country, saying the agitation cannot lead to regime change in the country.

They stated this during an emergency meeting of the Northern States Governors’ Forum in Kaduna on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

The forum observed that the protesters are enemies of the country who are violently pushing for regime change outside the ballot box.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a communique noted that the Forum was concerned by these negative development.

According to him, the Governors were expressing their worry and concern on why the protests have persisted despite the magnanimity exhibited by the Federal Government and various State Governments’ calls from well-meaning Nigerians to put an end to the protest.

While appreciating the constitutional rights of all citizens “to express concern even by way of protest”, the Forum, however, condemned the incessant destruction of lives and property that ensued in the process.

“Forum strongly sues for unity and peaceful co-existence of all citizens and groups of people in Nigeria. Urge all Nigerians to see themselves as equal citizens of the country as the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.

“The Forum regrets the diabolical influencers in form of hooliganism, ethno-religious bigots and even political marauders who are bent on pulling the nation down its knees and pushing for regime change.

“The Forum called on all Nigerians to resist these enemies of the nation by supporting Mr President, the Federal Government and democracy at large as it would not lead to regime change.

“The forum appealed to all citizens to restrain themselves from unwarranted disposition of sentiments, harassment and intimidation of other citizens resident in their home states.

“The forum resolved to further intensify their strategic engagements among different levels of stakeholders in their respective states.

“The Forum calls for comprehensive and robust reforms in the Police Force. She supports various Federal Government initiatives put in place by the Federal Government and will ensure that they are fast track and given more impetus by the 19 northern states.

“The Forum advocates for the constitution of judicial commission of enquiry to investigate all levels of destruction and killings during the EndSARS protest.

“The Forum also called for greater synergy between the state and the Federal Government in strengthening the unity, oneness and overall development of the country.”

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