The #EndSARS campaign which began last week on social media is still generating ripples across the country with many well-meaning Nigerians calling for an end to the unit.
Some of those involved include social media influencers/users, celebrities, opinion moulders and politicians such as the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Gombe Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Isa Misau, Alhaji Umar Nasko, the former deputy Governor of Niger, among others.
These individuals have called for a total overhaul of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad unit of the Nigerian Police due to persistent complaints from Nigerians on the unit’s activities.
Sadly the Federal government has been silent on the issue. Any responsible government is expected to feel the pulse of its citizens and respond to their complaints. This is necessary to build good faith with the people and assure them that the government is committed and concerned about their well-being.
Since the assumption of office, the Federal government has built a reputation of failing to engage citizens. It has developed the habit of labelling anti-government agitations and complaints as being sponsored by one of the opposition parties.
Less than seven months into the administration, the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, labelled Nigerians not comfortable with its governance style as ‘wailers’. What an awful word! The Nigerian Police also re-echoed this when it described Nigerians agitating for the reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad through the #EndSARS campaign as armed robbers and political lackeys seeking to discredit the present administration.
The Federal government of Nigeria has never placed the right premium on its citizens as expected in a democracy. It has been grossly ineffective in communicating with its citizens and it’s high time it changed its ways.
Nigerians are worried and concerned that they or their loved ones could go out and never return, all because a trigger-happy SARS operative shot them. This deafening silence is worrisome and could lead to possible civil unrest across the country.