Thursday, June 24, 2021

#EndSARS: Etsu Nupe condemns violence, urges youths to be patient

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 Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Yahaya Abubakar, has called on Nigerian youths to be patient with the government as the demands of the #EndSARS protesters were being implemented by the Federal Government.

The Etsu Nupe made the call in his Wadata Palace, Bida, on Tuesday, while commenting on the prevailing security situation in the country, arising from the recent violent #EndSARS protests.

According to the Royal Father, the initiators of the protests had good intentions, but regretted that, the protests were later hijacked by the enemies of peace, unity and socioeconomic progress of the country.

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The Etsu Nupe, who described the youths as the future leaders of the country, admonished them not to allow themselves to be used by some egocentric and unpatriotic disgruntled elements to cause a breach of the peace of the country.

He said, “People are free to protest, it is a democratic right. What is however needed is that they should be peaceful.”

“They should not have allowed people with ulterior motives to hijack the protests. We do not have any other country than Nigeria,” he advised.

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The traditional ruler appealed to the youths to remain calm, law-abiding and give peace a chance.

“However, for the government to be able to implement all your demands, they need an atmosphere of peace and security,” Mr Abubakar stressed.

The Etsu Nupe commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his “prompt and proactive response” to the protests and their aftermaths, saying that he was confident that, the country would soon come out of the current quagmire.

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Mr Abubakar, therefore, appealed to the adherents of the two major religions in the country, Islam and Christianity, to intensify prayers for the return of permanent peace in Nigeria.

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According to him, prayer remains the most potent weapon against any form of challenges.

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