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ENDSARS: Governors Endorse Call by Protesters for Improved Governance

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The ENDSARS Protest along Kachia road, Kaduna weekend. PHOTOS:Olu Ajayi.

Urge FG to Act on all the Demands made by the Protesters

Condemn the attack on Governor Oyetola of Osun State by armed persons

Ask Protesters to Call off the Protest now as continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country.

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA- THE thirty-six state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF have endorsed the call by demonstrators who called for  the scrapping of the notorious  Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognizance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country.
The governors have called on the Federal Government to act on all the demands made by the EndSARS protesters raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal.

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In a Communique issued and signed by the NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi,  the Governors who appealed for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country, however condemned the attack on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State by armed persons.
The Communiqué read, We, members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), at an Emergency meeting deliberated extensively on the nationwide protests, riots and demonstrations.
“Governors thereafter Resolved to: Condemn the attack on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State by armed persons while he was addressing anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo; protesters are encouraged to engage with the government appropriately at both the national and State level to ensure that the protests are not taken over by hoodlums who are instigating a breakdown in law and order in many parts of the country.
” Activate a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the
disbanded SARS Unit. Each State is also expected to kickstart a compensation mechanism for all victims.
” Endorse the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognizance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country;
” Act on all the Demands made by the EndSARS protesters raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal;
“Finally, appeal for the call off of protests as a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country; particularly as criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties.”

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