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 Paul Adefarasin writes on #ENDSARS, calls for dialogue with government and offers prayers for Nigeria

Beginning with the clamour to #EndSARS, the subsequent demand for justice erupting from our young people in response to years of profiling, bullying, extortion and sheer brutality by a rogue element of our law enforcement, is an unassailable cry, signaling the need for sweeping reforms in policing in Nigeria. It must not be ignored nor quelled or dismissed. Our hearts go out with condolences to all the bereaved and grieved who have suffered loses amidst the incursion of the unscrupulous dissidents into our justice system.

Extra-judicial acts, including brutalising the citizenry are a violation of our laws as well as an impingement on our fundamental civil rights and therefore ought not to be condoned or tolerated.

However, it is noteworthy to recognise that there still remain several upstanding patriotic and incorruptible men and women in the Nigerian Police Force who should be continually encouraged in their sustained example and pursuit of justice, equity and law enforcement for all Nigeria.

Peaceful civil protests are an important component for the development of our democracy and the civilisation of our nation, we therefore entreat our governments to listen intently and respond to the needs of the people, as this is the veritable essence of public service.

While the cause of the protests is disheartening, the resounding call of our young people for equitable rule of law, is one that is echoed globally, and is welcome here at home because it shows that Nigerian youth have now found their unified voice and are using it to seek positive change in our polity. May I suggest that our young people organise and select representatives who are able to articulate their concerns effectively and engage the government in productive dialogue.

In the meantime, we will not cease to pray for our nation Nigeria and declare that God’s perfect will be done in our land. We speak healing, redemption and restoration to our nation and all her people, declaring that by the inimitable power of the Almighty God, there will be wisdom and righteousness in the halls of our government and in the corridors of power; that there will be justice and equity in our streets, safety and security across our land; and peace and prosperity in our country with grace in our hearts for the repairing of the brotherhood of all Nigerians.

This we earnestly pray in Jesus name.

God bless Nigeria – one and all!