In a Statement signed and issued by Rt. Rev. Dr. Olumakaiye, the Bishop of Lagos Anglican Diocese titled “Towards the Nation of our Dream” on the recent uproar in the nation and across the globe, on social media and on Nigeria roads about the #EndSARS agitation; the Bishop stated that the Church of God is not meant to put her head in the sand on the issue.
He commended the youths for spearheading the campaign and taking steps to address the issue, noting that it is a genuine agitation, borne out of deep concern for the future of the nation. The Bishop however appealed to the youths not to allow themselves to be used as weapons by the enemies of progress of the country, who do not encourage and reinforce positive values that can bring about a Nigeria that everyone will be proud of. He further advised the youths to avoid mob mentality and seek redress without subscribing to violence.
Commenting on the attitude of the Government to the EndSARS campaign, Dr. Olumakaiye stated that it is delightful to see that the Government has given prominence to the voice of the citizens, thus making the Police authorities put an end to the SARS unit. The Bishop however quickly added that effect should be given to this decision. In his words, “this decision should not be a statement written on paper and made by mouth alone. Sincerity of purpose should guide them to follow through on their proposals to consult stakeholders and enact the much needed reforms of the entire Police Force”.
In his concluding remarks, the Anglican Bishop enthused thus:
“Now we can boldly say that we are tilting towards a Nigeria where a child of nobody can become somebody without knowing anybody. A society built on merit and ingenuity. A society where moral values count. A society where the sanctity of life is held in the highest esteem, by the government, security personnel and fellow citizens. A society where one tribe will not be at the mercy of another. A society where politics will not be money-driven”.