Foremost rights activist, Shehu Sani, has raised alarm over the ongoing #EndSARS protests in the country, saying the protests signify impending revolution.
Mr Sani, a former senator, stated this in a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Tuesday.
“The uprising against police brutality by the Nigerian Youths is a commendable action to protect, guarantee and advance the freedom and rights of all Nigerians,” the activist said.
“The protest signifies a new dawn of resistance and struggle for justice, rule of law and good governance.
“The nationwide protests is a message to those in power and authority that a revolution is impending in an atmosphere of social, economic and political inequities and infamy.
“Even though the trigger of the protest was police brutality, police reforms are not enough to address the underlying and provocative factors that compelled the mass of the youths to the streets. The political class have for long toyed with the lives and future of our youths who were left with no option but to revolt.
“Systemic plunder and theft of the national resources, mass unemployment, collapse of public education, widening gap between the rich, false and pretentious change mantra and the poor and stupendous and brazen display of wealth by the children of the rich and those in high public offices to the contempt of the children of the poor grievously inflames the anger of the revolutionary youths on the streets.
“The protest by the Nigerian youths have lightened up our national space and recharged the conscience of the nation. We must admit the fact that the political class have taken the poor and the downtrodden for granted for long.
“The End SARS protest is conscience in motion.The opposition, the trade unions and the parliament have failed Nigerians until the youth took their destiny to their hands.
“As long as the Government at all levels and the nation will continue to be run for the benefit of the few and their immediate families,this kind of uprising is just the beginning.
“The use of sponsored thugs to attack unarmed protesters in Abuja stands condemned. Thugs cannot and must not stop the wheel of conviction.
“Nigerian leaders enslave the poor and the children of Nigerian leaders spit on the children of the poor.
“Its Nigeria and governance that need to be reformed not just the police.