CSOs knock FG over clampdown on #EndSARS campaigners

Civil Society Organisations in Rivers State have criticised the Federal Government’s clampdown on organisers and campaigners of the E#EndSARS protests across the country.

The Federal Government had since November 4 began clamping down on campaigners of #EndSARS protests by freezing their bank accounts and also barring some from travelling out of the country.

Among those whose bank accounts were frozen is a Port Harcourt-based pharmacist, Bassey Israel, who was in charge of the #EndSARS medical team in the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt.

The CSOs said the action of the Federal Government revealed that it was not truly ready to address the demands of the youths.

The Chairman, Rivers Civil Society Organisations, Enefaa Georgewill, in an interview in Port Harcourt on Monday, said it was worrisome that rather than address the issues raised during the peaceful protest, the Federal Government was intimidating the organisers of the protests.

Georgewill said, “It is quite pathetic that the Federal Government, which is calling for round-table discussions to chart a way forward, will, now that the protests have temporarily ceased, turn around to use an old intimidating method to begin to clamp down on the organisers of the peaceful protests, who are agitating for better governance and a re-organised policing structure in the country.

“As far as we are concerned, the Federal Government has shown once again that it is not ready to look for solutions to these problems.”

Also reacting to the clampdown on campaigners of the #EndSARS protests, the Executive Director of ‘We The People’, Ken Henshaw said Nigerians had been vindicated for being suspicious of the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), and refusing to leave the streets even after he said the protesters’ demands had been acceded to.

“For the government to start profiling people who led the protests shows that the government has not seen the merits in the argument that people made and the questions they were asking as well as the demands they were making,” Henshaw said.

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