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ALERT: Protest Worse Than #EndSARS Protest Will Hit Nigeria Soon, 2023 Presidential Aspirant Warns Buhari



Olusegun Bamgbose, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of what he described as the mother of all protests.

The senior lawyer warned of another protest which might spring up any moment from now, adding that it was no longer funny that Nigerian university students are still at home doing nothing.

Bamgbose, just like many other well-meaning Nigerians, wondered why President Buhari should always be put under pressure to address the nation in trying times like this.

He said that Buhari should respond to critical issues, timely and promptly, than wait for Nigerians to plead, persuade and urge him to do so.

“This address should have come earlier than now, and lives lost would not have happened. Government should be more responsive, that’s what makes it responsible,” he said during a chat on Friday

“One particular thing I’m holding in his statement is ‘your voice has been heard, loud and clear’ let’s hope in the coming weeks, things will evolve to show that the protesters’ message has been truly heard.

“However, it’s pertinent to warn Buhari ahead of another protest which might spring up any moment from now. It’s no longer funny that our university students are still at home doing nothing.

“I’ve reasons to believe that the students are warming up to organize mother of all protests if Buhari fails to accede to the demands of ASUU.

“Buhari should not wait for the protest to break out before granting the requests of the lecturers. The best time is now. One would expect this government to be proactive.

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“They should be responsive to the needs of the citizens. Delay is always dangerous. Prevention is better than cure.

“The students will certainly protest soon, if nothing reasonable is done to get them back to the lecture room. A stitch in time saves nine. To before warned is to before harmed.”

Meanwhile, Feminist Coalition, a not-for-profit organisation fueling the #EndSARS campaign has asked protesters to stay indoors in states and areas under curfew.

According to the group, the sum of N147.8m was received in cash donations towards the #EndSARS cause which is geared at ending decades of police ruthlessness in the country.

The group explained that the funds were raised “through the generosity of well-meaning people and concerned Nigerians who want their voices to be heard and their demands to be met.”

It said, however, that following the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday night, it made a decision to “stop all donation inflows for the #EndSARS peaceful protest.”

It added, “The rest of the donations will go towards funding medical emergencies, legal aid for wrongfully detained citizens, and relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased.”

The group, whose objectives include “fighting injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organisation” disclosed this in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘A Statement from the Feminist Coalition’.

The statement was co-signed by Damilola Odufuwa, Odunayo Eweniyi, Layo Ogunbanwo, Ozzy Etomi, Ire Aderinokun, Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Oluwaseun Osowobi, Jola Ayeye, Laila Johnson-Salami, Karo Omu, Obiageli Alintah, Tito Ovia, Kiki Mordi and FK Abudu.

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The statement partly read, “The past two weeks have been tough for many Nigerians, most especially the last two days. Many lives have been lost and properties destroyed at the height of what started as peaceful marches for the end to police brutality.

“The Feminist Coalition condoles with every Nigerian mother, father, son, daughter who has lost a loved one in these trying times. These Nigerians share the same vision for a better country as we all do and should be duly recognized as heroes.

“Following the President’s address, we hereby encourage all young Nigerians to stay safe, stay home, and observe the mandated curfew in your state.

“The Feminist Coalition has made a decision to henceforth stop all donation inflows for the #EndSARS peaceful protest. The rest of the donations will go towards funding medical emergencies, legal aid for wrongfully detained citizens, and relief for victims of police brutality and families of the deceased.

“Here is a summary of the total funds we received and disbursed (in Naira) over the past 14 days:

“Total received = ₦147,855,788.28 (includes donations in USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, GHS, KES, and BTC)

“Total disbursed = ₦60,403,235.00

“Total left = ₦87,452,553.28

“We wish to emphasize that we will no longer be accepting donations for #EndSARS going forward.”

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