Following the ongoing #EndSARS protest, the Afenifere, Yoruba socio-political organisation, has called on the federal government to restructure the country with immediate effect.
Today marks the 13th day of the protest, which is being held in many states of the federation, as well as out the country.
Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader, praised the youth for raising their voices, saying they “have risen to say enough to the excesses of the Nigerian state symbolised by the crimes of SARS at this period in history”.
Fasoranti asked the government to devolve powers to the state, reduce government size.
He explained that if corruption and cost of governance were to be reduced, the solution is to reduce the government size.
He also noted the need for the creation of state police to enhance security.
Fasaronti who stated that it is no time for long speeches, as the message is now clear, urged that a rescue mission for Nigeria from imminent disintegration and destruction is needed.
Let us restructure our country into a fairer, more just and equitable polity now,” he said.
Fasaronti went on to speak against the use of force by the government against peaceful protesters, adding that it is better if they consider their demands.
He said Nigeria is almost at a tipping point and that the government needs to act immediately.
He also asked the protesters to “avoid any precipitate action that can escalate the tense situation”.
“No amount of threats and unleashing of violence will get these young people off demanding a better deal,” he said.
He said it isn’t helpful blackmailing the demand of the protesters, rather than establishing a better livable polity.
“The economic implications will boost employment, stimulate demand and pull our country out of depression. The government has to act now, tomorrow may be too late.
“The spirit behind these protests will rise again and again to demand a better and fairer deal.
“We cannot afford to continue running Nigeria in the old ways.
“The signs have been clear for some time, that we were approaching the tipping point. Events of the past few days, will appear to suggest that the last straw is nigh.”