Why SARS Must End Before Police Reforms

October 10, 2020

Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari spoke out for the first time on the #EndSARS protests (he actually tweeted).

He stated that the there is a determination to end the Police, and that he is being briefed regularly on reforms to end the police brutality and unethical conduct, and to ensure that the Police are fully accountable to Nigeria.

Where Have We Heard This Before?

The thing is, we have heard this promise before. The Nigerian government says they will reform the Police and then nothing happens once the people’s anger dies down.

In fact, the last thing you want to do is hold to on to a promise from the Nigerian government. They over-promise and under-deliver, every time.

What Must Government Do?

The Federal Government must actually #EndSARS. “Reforms” can come later, but every operative working under the SARS unit must be drafted somewhere else, with the SARS unit scrapped.

People have completely lost trust in SARS, and it is impossible to police people that have lost trust in a security unit. So, the government can talk about reforms once SARS has ended. But it must end, first.

Sadly, until there’s a direct proclamation that SARS is now ended, I don’t the Nigerian people have won. And the security situation will only worsen.

We have a complete that contains everything you need to know about the #EndSARS protests. Access it here: https://www.zikoko.com/stack/endsars-movement/

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