…as Feminist Coalition crowdfunding hits N62m
…Buhari Campaign Organisation calls for suspension of ENDSARS protest
Pastor Adeboye has declared support for Nigerian youths in the ongoing peaceful nationwide protests as he charged them to ‘speak up.’
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Adeboye, made this call via his Twitter handle on Wednesday night.
“Our daughters will not be able to prophesy and young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive,” he said.
Adding to this, the RCCG leader with over 50,000 branches in Nigeria said, “I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they ‘speak up’ to #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSARS #ENDSWAT.”
Also, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey on Wednesday night Jack tweeted #EndSARS to his 4.8 million followers with a link to a Tech Cabal’s article detailing police brutalities on Nigeria’s tech communities, and the website of Feminist Coalition, a group of Nigerian feminists fighting against injustice through peaceful protests, fundraising, and social media organisation.
He has since called for #EndSARS while also professing an alternative funding solution in bitcoin to help the cause. According to reports by our correspondent, the traffic to the Feminist Co. website led to a temporary crash.
The Feminist Coalition has since said its website is back up for donations, and has raised N62 million in the past week.
Meanwhile, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has called for an end to the protests following the disolution of the Police Unit by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the approval of 5-point demand of the protesters by President Muhammad Bihari.
According to the statement, “In the last few days some Nigerian citizens have taken to the streets protesting and demanding for the scrapping of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), an arm of the Nigeria Police Force. President Muhammadu Buhari, being a caring and listening leader, held an immediate meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, after which the IGP, disbanded the squad in meeting with the demand of the protesters.
“The disbandment followed with a speech by the President where he informed Nigerians that, it was step towards reorganisation of the entire police force.”
The BCO National Coordinator, Alhaji Danladi Garba Pasali urged the IGP, and all Security agencies of Government to take immediate lawful ways of restoring law and order in the affected cities. This call follows refusal of the ENDSARS protesters to suspend nationwide protest after disbandment of SARS.
He lamented, “Common sense should have it, that the protesters would put to an end their protest, but unfortunately they continue, they continue with another motive that clearly implies instigation and sponsorship by some unscrupulous ambitious politicians, that are determined to cause chaos in the country.”
Alhaji Pansali said that the continued protest can better be described as the handiwork of unpatriotic and bad politicians in the country. According to Pansali, the organization has clearly seen the political undertone.
“The BCO cannot continue to condone the unlawful act of harassing and intimidating innocent citizens, being perpetrated by the protesters, and we say enough of this nonsense for the overall good of our country,” the organisation said.
Recall that Nigerian youths have for days been calling for the nullification of an arm of the police force responsible for extra-judicial killings, kidnapping, and other human rights atrocities.
The I-G had disbanded the unit, to which the protesters refuted the claim, saying the government only changed the name to SWAT. Over ten peaceful protesters have died so far.