APC Youth Leader Condemns Carnage By Nigerian Army In Lagos Today

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The Lagos APC Youth leader Mr. Omotayo Sanyaolu, has strongly condemned the Friday morning
carnage perpetuated by men of the Nigerian Army on Ikorodu Road, Lagos. 

A terse statement from the office of the APC’s Youth Leader reads, “The
destruction of state-owned property by men and women, who ought to be prepared
to die while safeguarding our collective existence,  is incomprehensible.
This has again raised salient questions begging to be answered; who is the
Nigerian’s military serving? Do they represent the interest of the Nigeria
people or a certain section? Is the Nigerian Army serving the interest of those
who are bent on ‘capturing’ Lagos come 2015?”

“It’s day 81 today that our sisters have been kidnapped from Chibok, yet there
is no hope of bringing them back alive. If men of the Nigerian Army feel the
urge to unleash violence, their services is urgently needed in Sambisa forest
where members of the Boko Haram terrorists are hiding.

“As much as the Youth in Lagos understand the angst of the soldiers whose
colleague was alleged to have been knocked down by a BRT driver, we disagree
that the incident excuses the mayhem that followed. The impunity with which
those buses were burnt and others ruthlessly vandalised cannot be justified.
There are procedures to be followed. In such a case as this, the RULE OF LAW
requires that the driver be handed over to the civilian authority for
prosecution in a civilian court.

“The Nigerian Army must understand that this is not military regime. They must
remain in their barracks except a democratically elected authority request
their services in quelling unrest beyond the capacity of the civil law
enforcement agencies.

“Therefore, I call on the President, Chief of Defence staff and the Chief
of Army Staff to see that justice is done in this matter. A failure to properly
and conclusively probe today’s events can have devastating consequences on our
young democracy. A return to the dark days, which the young are happy to have
missed and the old are eager to forget, is in no one’s best interest.

“I also want to thank the ever-vibrant and indefatigable youth and people
of Lagos for showing restraint in the face of today’s unfortunate happening.
Those who were physically manhandled and made to perform degrading acts of
punishment are encouraged to seek legal redress. 

“Ours is the State of Excellence and those uncomfortable with the peace
and prosperity we enjoy are free to express themselves, but with less
abrasiveness. 

“Eko Oni Baje o!”

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