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#EndSARS: CAN youth wing condemns Lekki shooting, charges Nigerian govt on 5 demands

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Youth Wing, Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICAN, has condemned the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.

Speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, the National President of YOWICAN, Nyeneime Andy, called on the Federal Government to implement the 5 demands it accepted with a faster resolution.

He said: “#EndSARS is not only about the end of police brutality and killings of our innocent youths and Nigerians, it has evolved as an agency of all sector reforms which Nigerian youths and all Nigerians are ceaselessly asking for good governance and demanding decent living amongst other things.

“Until the interruption by criminals to cause mayhem, vandalism, looting, and destruction of properties and critical infrastructure; tearing down our society across the Nation leading to the eventual breakdown of law and order.”

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Mr Andy noted that the protest took a different dimension from the legitimate people who originally conceived the protest and those who meant well by asking for SARS to be disbanded.

“We insist the federal government to implement those demands it accepted with a faster resolution.

“Nation building is a collective task of all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion or political affiliation.

“The government and security agencies must team up to bring peace in their spaces of leadership,” he stated.

The youth wing president, therefore, commended the state governments that have set up their Judicial Panels of Inquiry and to work and deliver on the directives of the Federal Government.

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He also encouraged young people to be part of the panels as the right way to ensure that it achieves its ultimate aim and ensure that the process is impartial.

“We sympathize with our brothers and sisters in some parts of the Country that have experienced looting and vandalism.

“To the families of members of the protesters, citizens and police force that have lost their lives during this process, we pray that the souls of all the departed find eternal rest,” he added.

“We must show interest in Nigeria’s survival and allow peace a chance.

“I urge the youths to be calm and peaceful because as youths, we are Peace Ambassadors,” he stressed.

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