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The Government must realise that what the youths clamour for under #EndSARS is a comprehensive reform of the whole police force - Catholic Bishops back #EndSARS protests

 

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have endorsed the continued #EndSARS protests demanding an end to Police brutality and total reform of Police system in Nigeria.

The Bishops said the continued EndSARS protests by Nigerian youths are morally justified and therefore the government must realise that what they're clamoring for under the #EndSARS campaign is a comprehensive reform of the whole police .

In a statement on Saturday October 17, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the bishops noted that the audacity with which the SARS officials are operating within the country is a manifestation of the failing state of Nigeria.

The clergymen said that disbanding SARS and setting up a brand new outfit called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), shows the government's lack of understanding and sincerity to deal with the problem.

The bishops further urged the federal government of Nigeria to concentrate to the cry for justice so as for peace to reign within the country. 

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 also 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 more to concentrate to the cry for justice in order that peace can reign in our country. The protests seem to have a life of its own, and it's spreading all over the country; this shows that most Nigerians face 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 each Nigerian and supply opportunities for our children to understand their God-given potentials.

The audacity and impunity with which the SARS officials are operating all the while may be 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's futile treating symptoms of a disease when the root cause is known.

We reiterate that restructuring this country may be a desirable path to be towed given the varied developments in this nation. The knee jerk reaction of the administration by abolishing the SARS and setting up the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team portrays either the absence of an understanding of the whole problem or a lack of sincerity to deal with the problem.

The Nigerian Government must realise that what the youths, on behalf of Nigerians, clamour for under the code name #EndSARS is a comprehensive reform of the whole police force and not a change of name; they involve a reform of all our government institutions and a reform of the whole nation. 

They are asking for a system which will be hard on crimes and criminals within the society within the ambience of the law, while at the same time treating every human being, citizens and visitors alike, with respect and dignity.

“EndSARS goes beyond the SARS, and it's morally justified. We support the youths who have taken this step, and that we caution that they're allowed without any intimidation to exercise their right to peaceful demonstration and should not be provoked or incited to violence.

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