September 26, 2021

“EndSARS protests not religious; sponsored thugs causing violence” – female Muslim Activist

Mariam Isa Ahmed, EndSARS protester

A female Muslim Activist, Mariam Isa Ahmed, on Tuesday said ongoing EndSARS protests across Nigeria are nonreligious.

The protests, Mariam said aim to compel good governance and institutional reforms in the country.

“People think it is religious but it is not religious. We do it for ourselves, for our younger ones and our children,” said Mariam, a University Undergraduate.

Violence in Jos

Violence emerged early Tuesday in Jos, with widespread burnings and reported killings, particularly in the terminal area of the city, and a suburb near Jos South Government Secretariat, allegedly by EndSARS protesters.

Mariam however insists that the violent groups were not part of the protests.

“Those people are not with us. Maybe they have collected money to come and disrupt the protests,” she said.

Mr. Chagwa Solomon, also a protester believes the violent rioters are “thugs, miscreants” likely “sponsored” by politicians to discredit the protests.

“Our protests have not extended to Terminus (Jos North) or Bukuru (Jos South). We have largely operated peacefully between the Plateau State House of Assembly (5miles) to Terminus and Zarmaganda (6miles to Jos South Government Secretariat),” Solomon said.

Government Officials summoned stakeholders meetings soon as the violence broke, to find quick solutions.

As part of the resolutions of the meetings, the Governor of the State, Simon Lalong at about dusk made a state broadcast, imposing a 24hr curfew in the state capital.