The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined citizens across Nigeria in remembering slain victims of the 2020 #EndSARS protests against the brutality and bad governance suffered under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidency.
According to a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, the party vehemently condemned the sustained brutalization of Nigerians by APC-controlled security forces, particularly the bloody assault on innocent youths at Wednesday’s EndSARS remembrance procession, in various parts of the country.
The PDP declared that #EndSARS has come to stay as an epitaph of the manifest cruelty, wicked brutality, torture, illegal detention, mindless extra-judicial killings, gagging and suppression of citizens that were the hallmark of the APC and its administration in the last six years.
“#EndSARS has become the emblem of the resistance by Nigerians against the insensitive, incompetent corrupt, divisive and decadent APC administration that has brought so much anguish and pain to our dear nation.
“It is shocking that, despite the promises to stop brutality and restore good governance, Nigerians who came out to march in remembrance of the victims of last year’s brutality were made to face the same trauma, if not worse brutality in the hands of security operatives.
“Our party weeps at the cruelty inflicted on the Lagos Uber driver and many other youths by APC-controlled security agents as well as non-state actors, hired to repress Nigerians who were out exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights,” the party stated.
The PDP consequently demanded that Police Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba should immediately order the arrest and commencement of trial of all security operatives involved in the heinous act against innocent civilians.
The party lamented that most of the issues that led to the EndSARS protest in 2020, including bad governance and brutality of citizens, remain unresolved and charged the Federal Government to accelerate efforts into resolving them and bringing justice to the people.
The PDP commiserated with the victims of 2020 and 2021 #EndSARS protest and urged citizens to remain calm as they rally on the platform of the PDP to rescue Nigeria and return her to the path of justice, national cohesion and economic prosperity.