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 requested President Buhari to make sure that as males of the Nigerian Military take over the streets throughout the nation on its Operation Crocodile Smile, that not one of the protesting youths are killed or brutalised through the train.
NUJ Chairman in Oyo State, Comrade Ademola Babalola and secretary, Comrade Sola Oladapo in an announcement made accessible to DAILY POST, urged the Chief of Military Employees, Lieutenant Basic 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 continued nationwide protest, which began as a clamour for the disbandment of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS), isn’t just about police reform but in addition 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 typically to go about their lawful companies with out upsetting the troopers.
NUJ mentioned, “We want to recall that in July this 12 months, 385 troopers wrote the Chief of Military Employees, Lieutenant Basic Buratai that they’re resigning from the Military over what they known as lack of curiosity and really low morale. These troopers will not be deserters from the auxiliary. The 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, aside from the category of the ruling elite which can be thought-about immune from the hardship within the land.
“Whereas we acknowledge the truth that the navy operation is an annual occasion, having been held in October final 12 months, we counsel that the Federal Authorities ought to not have deployed troopers for a similar train this 12 months, particularly towards the background of the tensed state of affairs occasioned by the protest.
“We additionally urge the protesters and residents typically to go about their lawful companies with out upsetting the troopers to use using drive. We’re for the upkeep of legislation and order. We equally name on the coordinators of the protest to plan technique of making certain that hoodlums don’t infiltrate their ranks to perpetrate evil within the identify of protest.
“The Union isn’t unaware of the problem being skilled by the individuals of the state because of the withdrawal of Okada and public transport autos by their house owners. The good points that can come when now we have a brand new Nigeria will far outweigh the ache we’re enduring. We are able to’t make an omelette with out breaking eggs, all through the world, there isn’t 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 collaborating within the protest from tomorrow to drive residence the message of peace to the troopers and the protesters”.