Senator Shehu Sani To Nigerian Army: Do Not intervene to crush peaceful protesters
A former Senator who represented Kaduna Central at the eight Senate, Senator Shehu Sani has called on the Nigeria Army to tread softly in dealing with peaceful protesters.
He said in one of his tweets, “the Army should not intervene to crush peaceful protesters. We have enough bandits and insurgents in our forests and deserts that needs their attention.
The human rights activists also reacting to some residents of Borno state who took to the street to protest the disbandment of SARS had on his verified twitter handle described the pro SARS protesters as Alsatians of the system.
The lawmaker stated that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have not been forthcoming in the combat of criminal activities in the country saying, banditry, kidnapping and terrorism in the north is never a justification for retaining SARS.
According to Shehu Sani, “the dissolution of SARS; a victory for all the voices of courage who spoke and stood in the defense of the freedom, rights and Justice for all Nigerians.
“A genuine democracy must always balance its security exigencies with its obligations to respect the constitutional rights of its people,” he twitted.
Some residents in Kaduna however had expressed dissatisfaction over the change of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT)
The change of name they argued does not guarantee a change in attitude. As far as they are concerned, the problems still remains.
There is the need for holistic reform of the security architecture by the government rather than mere change of name from SARS to SWAT.