Catholic Bishops Supports The Youth, Endorse #EndSARS Protests, Call Nigeria A Failing State

The Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have endorsed the #EndSARS protests rocking the nation. The clerics demanded justice for all victims of SARS brutality and police brutality. They, advised the concerned youths to desist any form of violence during the protests. This came barely three days after Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, endorsed the protests against police brutality. In a statement on Saturday, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), said many lives had been lost through unnecessary brutality and wrong application of force. According to some part of the statement, “Thus the cries of our children protesting against the brutality of SARS that manifests in extrajudicial killings, unlawful arrests, profiling of youths as criminals, the invasion of youths privacy by searching phones and laptops without any warrant or any just cause, and the incarceration of many of the youths in the SARS custody without trial. “We the members of the CBCN have followed the protests with keen interest and call on the Federal Government of Nigeria once again to listen to the cry for justice so that peace can reign in our country. The protests seem to have a life of its own, and it is spreading all over the country; this shows that most Nigerians are facing the same oppression and brutality inflicted by the SARS. “We urge the Federal Government to fulfil its primary constitutional responsibility of securing life and property of every Nigerian and provide opportunities for our children to realise their God-given potentials. “The audacity and impunity with which the SARS officials have been operating all the while is a manifestation of the failing state of Nigeria. Various bodies and patriotic Nigerians have expressed the opinion that just ending the SARS would not solve the enormous problems of Nigeria, because it is futile treating symptoms of a disease when the root cause is known. “We reiterate that restructuring this country is a[…]

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