ENDSARS: IT IS PAINFUL THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION HAS HAD TO FACE THE SAME BEASTS WE FOUGHT IN MY GENERATION- TUNDE BAKARE
The Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has decried Government's clampdown on #ENDSARS protesters saying it is painful that the younger generation is facing the same beasts that his generation fought.
Pastor Bakare, who during his youth was part of the Ali Must Go protest, said the shooting of unarmed protesters brought back memories of how he almost lost his life when policemen fired live bullets into a crowd of students who were protesting peacefully.
In a speech titled 'The Youth of A Nation Are the Trustees Of Posterity' delivered on Sunday, November 15 at his church in Lagos, Pastor Tunde Bakare noted that he has keenly observed Government's policy and actions in the wake of the EndSars protest hence he "cannot afford to keep sinful silence."
TARGETING AND ARRESTING CITIZENS ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES ARE SIGNS OF REGRESSION
Condemning government’s action of freezing the bank accounts of youths who sponsored the protests, Pastor Bakare said the Law should not be used to intimidate citizens who promoted protests based on the inactions of the government, adding that “targeting and arresting citizens on trumped-up charges, deploying court probes as a tool of intimidation, and generally eroding our fragile peace, are deeply worrisome signs of regression.”
Bakare, therefore, called on the government to immediately reverse its actions “to calm raw nerves and fast track peace” in the land saying: “To extend the olive branch to the youth in one breath and to deprive the youth of the right to freedom of movement and property as enshrined in our constitution in another breath, will send confusing signals to them and cast doubts in their minds regarding the sincerity of the government. The immediate reversal of these actions, therefore, will calm raw nerves and fast track peace in our land.
On social media, Bakare warned South-West governors who recently called for stricter regulations of social media to desist from doing so stating that the Nigerian Youth with the power of social media is a power bloc and any political group that takes the social media savvy Nigerian youth for granted does so at its own risk.