The Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ACIPA) says the recent EndSARS protests would have been averted if Nigerian authorities were “sensitive”.
The group in a press statement said it is dismayed about government’s failure to respond to earlier complains against insecurity.
“The protest is beyond the youths anger as a response to the now disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives impunity and unprofessional conduct across Nigeria,” says the statement issued by its Chairman, Rev. Luke Shehu.
“It is an expression over the general insecurity, massive corruption, economic dysfunction as well as dysfunctional institutions,” it adds.
Nigerians across regional, tribal and religious lines according to ACIPA “have been long denied legitimate right of expression and the right to basic needs and rights as provided for in our Constitution.”
“We are living witnesses to government’s punitive censorship of unfriendly media outfits as well as outright incarceration and intimidation of Government critics including religious leaders,” the group says.
ACIPA pleaded with the international Community to intervene to save the country from “derailment”.