Violence: Our ultimatum not against peaceful protesters---FCT Indegenous youths
Indigenous youths in the Federal Capital Territory have distanced themselves from the recent violence that erupted in parts of the territory, following the clash between the pro and #EndSARS protesters.
The youths under aegis of the Indigenous People of FCT Youths Representatives, debunked claims that they were sponsored to attack peaceful protesters by elements wanting to frustrate the process.
Spokesman of the group, Yunusa Yusuf, told a news conference in Abuja, that the clarification became necessary following the backlash and threats he and other members of the union have been getting after their publicized visit to the the IGP.
Yusuf pointed that the FCT had hosted several protests in the past without recording any incidences owing to the home support protesters enjoy from Abuja natives. He said there was therefore no basis to label such supporters as anti protesters.
The group insist that their protest to the to the Inspector General of Police was not against peaceful protesters rather, against hoodlums who had hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the nation's capital.
He stressed that the group is in support of the good intentions of the EndSARS protests, and indeed any campaign meant to promote good governance in the country.
"Our attention has been drawn to very mischievous publications and post on social media displaying my pictures and phone numbers with the allegations that I have been paid by government to hire thugs to go and kill peaceful protesters.
"I will like to debunk that and to say that I am not an enemy of the youths. You know that as an activist, I stand for justice for the youth.
“I have always led peaceful protests in this country in support of the youths and I will say clearly I have no intention to attack or harass any peaceful protester in the FCT.
“We were in the office of the Inspector General of Police. We gave him a 48-hour ultimatum to get these hoodlums out of the way because they have hijacked the good intentions of those who want justice and good governance for the people.”
They therefore urge the protesters to restrategize and come up with modalities to press home their demands without bringing untold hardship to fellow Nigerians.
“If we want to get it right, we cannot be destroying the same Nigeria, which belongs to all of us. We should not throw this country into anarchy.
“If we must get it right, we must strategise and prevent hoodlums from hijacking the protest. I stand with Nigerian youths, who want a better Nigeria. I support Nigerian youths, who want peace in this country, but I will not support any protest that will destroy the country.”