The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to instruct troopers to not shoot any of the youths protesting police brutality.
NUJ stated that as males of the Nigerian Military take over the streets throughout the nation within the title of Operation Crocodile Smile, Buhari ought to instruct the troops to make sure that not one of the protesting youths is killed or brutalised in the course of the train.
NUJ Chairman in Oyo State, Comrade Ademola Babalola and the secretary, Comrade Sola Oladapo in a press release made out there to DAILY POST, urged the Chief of Military Workers, Lieutenant Common Tukur Buratai, to direct his males to train utmost warning and guarantee adherence to citizens-friendly guidelines of engagement.
The union reminded the troopers that the continuing nationwide protest, which began as a clamour for the disbandment of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), is not only about police reform however about getting these in management positions to heed the decision to make the nation a greater place for the citizenry.
It additionally urged the protesters and residents usually to go about their lawful companies with out upsetting the troopers.
NUJ stated, “We want to recall that in July this yr, 385 troopers wrote the Chief of Military Workers, Lieutenant Common Buratai that they’re resigning from the Military over what they referred to as lack of curiosity and really low morale. These troopers aren’t deserters from the auxiliary. They troopers had been deployed to face better-equipped insurgents within the North-East.
“The troopers deployed for Operation Crocodile Smile, in our view, ought to shield the protesters and guarantee no hurt is finished to them. The state of affairs within the nation is so unhappy that if impacts us all, together with the troopers themselves, except the category of the ruling elite which can be thought of immune from the hardship within the land.
“Whereas we acknowledge the truth that the army operation is an annual occasion, having been held in October final yr, we counsel that the Federal Authorities ought to not have deployed troopers for a similar train this yr, particularly towards the background of the tensed state of affairs occasioned by the protest.
“We additionally urge the protesters and residents usually to go about their lawful companies with out upsetting the troopers to use using power. We’re for the upkeep of regulation and order. We equally name on the coordinators of the protest to plot technique of making certain that hoodlums don’t infiltrate their ranks to perpetrate evil within the title of protest.
“The Union just isn’t unaware of the issue being skilled by the individuals of the state on account of the withdrawal of Okada and public transport automobiles by their house owners. The positive aspects that can come when we have now a brand new Nigeria will far outweigh the ache we’re enduring. We are able to’t make omelet with out breaking eggs, all through the world, there is no such thing as a ache with out acquire.
“Members of the Union who’ve been becoming a member of the rallies and the protest walks since they began will probably be absolutely taking part within the protest from tomorrow to drive dwelling the message of peace to the troopers and the protesters”.