A Nigerian in diaspora who has shown desperation over the current #EndSars protest raging like wildfire across the nation and the unreadiness by the Nigerian political leadership to address the issues in a timely manner, has written a strongly worded unequivocal letter to the nation’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
In his letter, Barrister Solomon Osadolor said that Nigerians deserve to hear directly from president Muhammadu Buhari in spite of Osinbajo’s apology to Nigerians on the failure of the government to keep to it’s pre-election promises.
LETTER TO NIGERIAN VICE PRESIDENT, PROF YEMI OSINBAJO
19th October, 2020.
Dear Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,
NIGERIANS NEED TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM PRESIDENT MOHAMMED BUHARI
Thank you, for apologizing to Nigerians, in respect of the slow action, on the part of the Government over the #EndSARS# Protest.
Nigerians have watched, without genuine cause, the extra-judicial killings and or brutality of their children/youth, by men of the Nigerian Police. The right to peaceful protests, which are in public interest are those rights, which as individuals, we must possess and exercise without any impediment; insofar, as no wrong is occasioned by the protesters. As you rightly know sir, peaceful protest, gives the citizens the rare opportunity to express their displeasure to bad government policy(ies) like we have in Nigeria. It is therefore the ‘consensus ad idem’ of the Nigerian youths in their call for better human lives.
The speed at which the new Police outfit (SWAT) was formed by the Inspector General of Police, to take over from the dissolved SARS of the Nigerian Police Force, without candidly examining the root cause, cast doubts on the sincerity of purpose on the new nomenclature. What Nigerians really want, is Police that is reformed with high sense of responsibilities; better training, better welfare and salaries for better policing.
Nigerian youths are not lazy; I dare say that they are brilliant, hardworking, obedient, resilient, creative but are constantly being deprived of capacity and ability by the government and most importantly, by this administration.
This administration has failed to provide better electricity, refused to create good jobs, failed in quality infrastructure, neglect of the health care system, paying lip services to the war against corruption, they failed to provide adequate security to Nigerians for example in the war against Boko Haram as promised. The Fulani Herdsmen Saga, high cost of governance/allowances by politicians, aggravated debt profile, rising cost of living, the extra judicial killings by SARS cum police brutality of innocent Nigerians and more are the reasons, for the public outcry.
Dear sir, Nigerians are bleeding and are tired of the constant excuses by this administration. The change mantra of the APC, which many thoughts would bring HOPE to the masses, had failed WOEFULLY.
We are simply requesting the President, who in his opening remark, at the 2015 Presidential swearing in ceremony at the Eagle Square, Abuja, promised Nigerians and the world, that he is for everybody and belongs to nobody, to deliver on his assurances. Nigerians demand this administration to keep to their part of the social contract and thus, sincerely investigate and genuinely prosecute all the corrupt officers/persons (whether or not) in this administration. Sir, what do you say to comments like; ‘’join the APC and your sins, will be forgiven’’? Such an indictable remark ON THE APC and more are the reasons for the protests.
While Nigerians continue to thank this administration for conceding to the EndSARS protest and their desire to reform the police with a view to review upward, their remuneration for better policing for all, it is important to hastily remind us of the connected demands, which by default, appears in the nature of a seismic twins.
The necessary demands are as follows:
• Economy and Education Reforms. • Nigeria Constitution Reform, • Debt Accountability, • Security Reform, • Anti-People Policies Cancellation, • Restructuring • Reduce the costs of Governance • We are saying NO to Quota system and all forms of inequalities in Nigeria • Nigerians demand implementation of 2014 CONFAB REPORT • Others.
Through these organic peaceful protests, our Nigerian youths are not unwilling to engage and negotiate with the government to identify areas of failures on their part, with proposition for a short- and long-term panacea.
Save and except these necessary demands which are of rights are met, an apology to Nigerians by you alone, albeit respected, may not be sufficient to heal the depressed citizens, regain their trusts and cushion the grievances in these circumstances.
It is my humble appeal to have the President, Muhammed Buhari, address and speak to us directly; he should, PLEASE explain why he has failed, refused and neglected to deliver on his promises before the protests turn otherwise.
May I respectfully remind this government on the fragile nature of this protest, including the prompt attention it deserves and hereby caution against the use of the military as that may not augur well for the ‘bindingness’ of our polarized country.
Please recall, that power belongs to God and power belongs to the PEOPLE. This is our country and we SHOULD make it work for ALL and not a selected few, ANYMORE.
Assure my courtesies.
Osadolor Solomon Isioma, Esq.
Managing Partner – WhiteHouse Chambers