#EndSARS anniversary: PDP condemns renewed brutalisation of protesters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called the sustained brutalisation of Nigerians by All Progressive Congress (APC)-controlled security forces, particularly “the bloody assault on innocent youths” at Wednesday’s #EndSARS remembrance procession, in various parts of the country.

A statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, said the party joined Nigerians across the country in remembering slain victims of the 2020 #EndSARS protests against “brutality of citizens and bad governance” under the APC.

The party noted that #EndSARS has come to stay as “an epitaph of the manifest cruelty, wicked brutality, torture, illegal detention, mindless extra-judicial killings, gagging and suppression of citizens that were the hallmark of the APC and its administration in the last six years.”

The statement added: “EndSARS has become the emblem of the resistance by Nigerians against the insensitive, incompetent corrupt, divisive and decadent APC administration that has brought so much anguish and pain to our dear nation.

“It is shocking that, despite the promises to stop brutality and restore good governance, Nigerians who came out to march in remembrance of the victims of last year’s brutality were made to face the same trauma, if not worse brutality in the hands of security operatives.

“Our party weeps at the cruelty inflicted on the Lagos Uber driver and many other youths by APC-controlled security agents as well as non-state actors, hired to repress Nigerians who were out exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The PDP demanded that the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, should immediately arrest and commence the trial of all security operatives involved in the heinous act against Nigerians.

“Our party laments that most of the issues that led to the EndSARS protest in 2020, including bad governance and brutality of citizens, remain unresolved and charged the Federal Government to accelerate efforts into resolving them and bringing justice to the people,” the statement added.

The PDP commiserated with the victims of the 2020 and 2021 #EndSARS protest and urged Nigerians to remain calm “as they rally on the platform of the PDP to rescue our nation and return her to the path of justice, national cohesion and economic prosperity.”


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