Reporter : CHUKWUBUIKE MADU
The Salvation Army, Nigeria has called for an end to wonton destruction of public and private infrastructure and businesses going on in some parts of the country by some unscrupulous persons.
The Territorial Envoy of the Salvation Army, Nigeria, Dr. Levi Muonanu, who spoke on behalf of the Territorial Commander and head of the church in the country, Colonel Victor Leslie, expressed sadness that the peaceful protest by youths was later hijacked by unpatriotic persons to wreak havoc.
“The youths, they have the right to protest and they did it peacefully for so many days but now I am very sad that some people, hoodlums, entered towards the tail end and now, it is resulting in destruction everywhere —police stations, people’s businesses, radio stations, TV stations— No, it’s not called for,” he stated.
Dr. Muonanu appealed to the youth and other aggrieved persons to stop the protest and give government the benefit of the doubt to look into their demands for the benefit of all.
“I am appealing to youths to please calm down and since they have given the government some points for them to settle, they should now give the government some time.
“If after several months nothing is done, then they should still ask questions,” Dr. Muonanu advised.
The Territorial Envoy, also appealed to the Federal Government to be responsive to the cries of the masses to ensure total reformation of the Police Force as a step towards dousing the current tension and promoting good governance.
“The government should reform the police, not only banning one unit called SARS, but reform the police set up entirely; give them further training, pay them well so that they would do this job with human face.
“I know there is a lot of corruption in all spheres of life in Nigeria but their own is well seen everyday, killing people, disgracing people on the road,” Dr. Muonanu insisted.
Dr. Muonanu further called on government to be transparent and to carry the citizens along in its programmes and policies, especially creating environment for job creation.