Lekki Shooting: “The Nigerian state has blood on its hands,” warns Pastor Bakare Bukhari.
Pastor Tunde Bakare sent a warning to President Muhammad Bukhari following the shooting of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at a toll station in Lekki.
The Man of God, who is the superintendent of the Global Community Citadel Church, formerly known as the Last Rain Assembly, said those in power now have innocent blood on their hands. In an address to the nation during a Sunday service at his church in Lagos, Bakar called on President Muhammad Bukhari “to ensure that those who ordered armed soldiers to shoot innocent citizens are rescued and faced with the full mass. law “.
In a speech titled “Building Blocks of Citizenship: A Model for a New Nigeria,” Bakare said soldiers should be tried “in accordance with international legal standards”.
He said: “The Nigerian landscape is drenched to the brim with the blood of its citizens. As a result of the brutal suppression of unarmed demonstrators, the hands of the Nigerian state are covered in blood.
It is heartbreaking that the agents of the Nigerian state are resorting to using real ammunition to silence fellow citizens, other people. Their blood will still speak how much God is. ” The priest described the widespread #EndSARS protests as a symptom of Nigeria’s fundamental problems that persist across multiple administrations, saying that when young people finally woke up to ask for a better country, Nigeria witnessed “the crescendo of one era and the beginning of another.”
Bakare, who said the true meaning of SARS is the state-assisted robbery squad, predicted that the #EndSARS youth protest would continue unless fundamental problems were addressed. He said: “No amount of brutal repression of protesters can extinguish the flame of protest in the hearts and minds of the Nigerian people. Your bullets can drive them off the streets, but your bullets cannot pierce their spirit or pierce their toughness. “You can understand why the younger generation blamed the previous generations so harshly.
After gaining independence, we inherited a promising nation, but we are passing on a predatory nation to the younger generation. We inherited a nation whose structural foundations were built on the principles of true federalism, a nation where different groups had the freedom to determine their own destiny, but we transfer a unitary nation, federal in name only, in which the expressions of subnational corporations are suppressed by the power center.
“We inherited a flawless flag, but we introduced a new color to our green-white-green: blood red.” He called for a new Nigerian culture in which “the government must abandon the leadership model of the biblical Pharaoh and Rehoboam, who ruined their peoples by their stubbornness.” Bakare said: “Leaders need to start listening to people and showing empathy for their situation. We need sensitive leaders who do not hesitate to cry with the wounded and can say to the broken: “Your pain is my pain, and I will do everything in my power to take your burden off.”
However, he condemned the destruction of public infrastructure and looting by thugs who took advantage of the lingering protests. He said: “We must build, not destroy; Instead of engaging in attacks on physical and intangible infrastructure, from buses and police stations to government buildings and computing resources, we need to protect our common heritage. Rather than agreeing with the status quo, which seems to leave us no choice but to go through the back door, we should build solid open government buildings using bricks like the Freedom of Information Act. Our behavior must always be moral, ethical and lawful given the fact that there are no shortcuts to nation building. ”
As part of Nigeria’s police reform efforts, Bakare proposed that an ordinary national diploma from a recognized polytechnic institute be the minimum qualification for recruiting into the police force. He also supported the restructuring of the National Youth Service Corps to make it “an optional two-year program, with the first year dedicated to the military training of our youth and the second year to agribusiness.”