Charles Oputa popularly known as Area Fada or Charly Boy led some Igbo youths to protest in Owerri, the Imo State capital against what he described as bad governance in Nigeria on Friday.
The protest which was tagged “Our Mumudondo,” saw the protesters matching through the major streets in the state capital, clutching various placards and singing songs which condemned what the group described as spate of bad governance and corruption in the country.
According to Oputa , the movement is an umbrella association for “every frustrated, angry, oppressed Nigerian, and I am the President.”
He asserted that for too long, Nigerians have suffered worrisome levels of deprivation of amenities while state funds are fleeced away by public office holders.
“People need to ask questions though we are our own worst enemies. We have been quiet for too long. We want to aggressively sensitise the people that nothing can change overnight except we make a move,” Oputa said.
He lamented that “corruption has stolen our grandchildren’s future; there is impunity in the land; and there is criminality in government whereas public office holders ought to serve us and not the other way round.”
Oputa charged Imo youths to rise up and take over the future, noting that the politicians are just interested in wallowing in endless corruption.
Law scholar and guest speaker, Prof Francis Dike regretted that almost 60 years after he protested as an undergraduate, colonialism still exists wherein politicians fleece public funds and stash away in tanks and abroad.
Dike lampooned leaders who he said travel abroad and enjoy the workings of an organised society but return to Nigeria to build amenities like roads which cave in while still under construction.
“The time has come for the youths to rise up and demand good governance, no more corruption and impunity”, Prof Dike said.
On his part, Chief Ejike Uche enjoined everyone irrespective of political affiliations to join the movement to demand inclusiveness and good governance.
“I’m calling on everyone to join this movement. Your power is in your legs and hands. Do not praise them when they are stealing our money. Let us kick them out,” he said.
The rally attracted youths in their numbers who adorned black T.shirts with “our mumu don do” inscriptions and carried different placards demanding a stop to corruption and recklessness in public office.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari
Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to call for an end to widespread police brutality.
Despite the protest, security agents have clamped down on protesters in Oyo, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Monday, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare quoted Buhari as saying that it was the right of the youths to protest and make certain demands from their leaders.
According to the minister, the president asked the protesters to give his administration time to address their demands as the team set up has already gone to work.
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Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday
He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”
The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.
Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos (Video)
Thugs have forced men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command to flee for their dear lives after attacking their van.
The incident happened along Herbert Macaulay way in Yaba on Monday morning October 19.
The thugs threw stones and other dangerous weapons at the officers who immediately jumped down from the van and started running for their lives.
The state police command is yet to react to the incident.
RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)
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