The South West Youths of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday called on Federal lawmakers to commence the process of restructuring Nigerian through a thorough and long overdue amendment of the 1999 constitution.
Penpushing reports that the group under the banner of Young Professionals on the State of the Nation made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of a webinar, with emphasis on the devolution of powers to states particularly in the areas of security (State Police) and resource control.
‘We call on all political office holders, particularly members of the legislature to immediately support and kickstart the process of restructuring the Nigerian state through a thorough and long overdue amendment of the 1999 constitution, with emphasis on the devolution of powers to states particularly in the areas of security (State Police) and resource control’.
Penpushing further reports that, the body in reacting to the unrest in the country which was the fallout of the alleged military attack on the peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos State expressed worry over the ugly development and condemned deployment of military
‘A situation in which a State Governor is helpless in quelling unrest in his State because the security apparatus is not under his control is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue’.
‘The youths professionals condemned in its entirety the deployment of the military and the subsequent shootings which took place at the Lekki Toll gate venue of the End SARS protest on Tuesday, 20th 0ctober, 2020’
‘We demand that justice is not only done but seen to be manifestly done to investigate the occurrences of that night and prosecute those found culpable in applying excessive force against unarmed protesters’.
Penpushing also reports that, the group in the same vein condemned the actions of miscreants, arsonists, hoodlums and certain misguided elements who took advantage of the situation to wreak havoc on public and private property in Lagos State and other parts of the South West.
The body passionately appealed to all legitimate peaceful protesters to engage the government at all levels on the demands currently being addressed at the state and federal levels, adding that it is important to note that while advocates have adopted a ‘no-leader’ approach, it is only pragmatic that the protesters nominate representatives who would be their eyes and ears as government implements our collective demands for police reform.
‘We call on all party leaders, traditional rulers and respected elders in Yorubaland to stand up and defend the South West against the carnage, desecration and wanton destruction of our economic, infrastructural and physical wellbeing as a pivotal part of the Nigerian Federation’.
Penpushing reports the professional called on all President Muhamadu Buhari to expedite action on the various holistic reform programs already designed for the Nigerian Police by the Federal Government. The welfare of police officers should also be prioritised.
The group commiserated with all Nigerians who have lost loved ones, property and had their general wellbeing and livelihood threatened, calling on the citizens to stand together as a peaceful and united people.