By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State chapter of the Youth Rights Campaign, (YRC) on Thursday called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the police officers that shot dead Jimoh Isiaka and two others during the EndSARS protests in Ogbomoso.
The body in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its state Coordinator, Comrade Kingsley Odey described the killing of the three protesters allegedly by policemen as unfortunate and condemnable.
Youth Rights Campaign in the statement declared that the ” action of men of the Nigerian Police which led to the death of Jimoh Isiaka and two others in addition to tens of injured youths is condemnable, hence the need to bring the culprits to book without any further delay.” adding that
the protest reportedly started peacefully “by the poor and suffering Nigeria Youths before it was plunged into violence by the action and intervention of the happy trigger men of the Nigeria Police.”
“YRC sympathizes with the family of the deceased and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss while all persons who sustained one form of injury or the other and currently undergoing treatment at BOWEN teaching hospital, Ogbomosho are equally wished a quick recovery.” it said The Campaign Rights then expressed displeasure at the N1million compensation by the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government to each family of the three persons killed by men of the Nigeria police in the course of the protest against the N100million approved for the renovation of the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso by hoodlums during an EndSARS protest in the town.
” As much as this appears commendable, we equally believe that such compensation for a life lost when N100 million was reportedly given by the same Makinde-led administration for the repair of the Palace of Soun of Ogbomosho which was also reportedly vandalized during the retaliatory action of youths for the killing of Jimoh Isiaka and others suggest that more importance is attached to the properties damaged in the palace than life of the poor youths cruelly terminated by the Nigerian police while they were exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest”.
YRC added, “it is this kind of a mindset of the Nigeria capitalist elites that explains why over 102millions of Nigerian who are largely youths live in extreme poverty with mass unemployment while the stupendous country oil income continue to be looted by the few members of the capitalist class who constitute the various government that preside over the wealth and affair of the country”.
” It is in the recognition of this unthinkable situation, that we of the YRC urge the Nigeria Youths not to limit this struggle to just a demand to End SWAT, the new nomenclature given to SARS but must include: end of unemployment, for decent jobs or N30,000 monthly unemployment benefit, a slash in the salary of political office holders, payment of a living wage, an end to education underfunding and commercialisation, an end to electricity tariff and fuel price hikes, an end to deregulation and privatisation, and the end of all anti-poor policies”
According to the group, “this is the only way to ensure that this powerful movement leads to some improvements in the living conditions of young people and other oppressed sections of the population, saying, “this will therefore require the #EndSARS youth protest movement to be connected with the working class. The working class, though currently held down by a bureaucratic and pro-state leadership, is the only class capable of leading a revolutionary struggle to transform society, with the youth playing an auxiliary role”. “It is in the recognition of this, we of the YRC feel that one of the crucial demands of this movement should be a need for 48 hour solidarity general strike and mass protest so as to allow the Nigerian workers to join the protesting youths who have put their lives on the line for over eight days now. To also ensure that this struggle, which has cost precious lives, leads to the enthronement of an equitable, safe and truly democratic society where everyone, old or young, can live and go about their daily legitimate activities without fear of molestation, illegal arrest and detention, extortion and extrajudicial killing and the needs of all will form the basis of economy and governance, we call on the youth to join the struggle for the enthronement of a socialist Nigeria”.