Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has urged the youth not to resort to violence or violating the law while agitating for genuine grievances. He made this call while addressing youth leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
At a stakeholders meeting on Friday, El-Rufai promised to prosecute those behind the looting and threat of peace in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas according to the law. He said “to break into warehouses and steal food meant for the poor and vulnerable is theft; you are a thief. You are a criminal. And when we get you, you are going to prison with no option of fine.”
Commenting of the #EndSARS protests, El-Rufai said, “You cannot condemn an entire profession because of the misconduct of a few. SARS is just a small unit of the Nigerian Police Force, and even among SARS, they are not all bad.”
“Yes, some of them might have been quite bad and killed many people, but that should not be used to frame the police in a manner that people feel justified to attack and kill policemen.
“I have seen a video where a policeman was attacked and burnt to death. For what? That policeman is a human being, creation from God, he has children, and he has a family.
“Who will look after them? The Nigerian Police is the only police we have, it Is our collective duty as citizens, as leaders to come together and help the police to be better.”
He, stressed the need for citizens and leaders to come together and help the police in their performance of their constitutional duties of securing the lives and property of the people.
The meeting had in attendance, the deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud and other government officials.