#EndSARS Protest: Nigerians Hail Soludo Over Prescriptions

Christian Aburime

Some Nigerians in the diaspora and those at home have expressed their support for the views shared by Prof. Charles Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council on the raging national conversation arising from the EndSARS peaceful protest by the youths across the country which was later hijacked by suspected hoodlums.

Reacting to the views shared by Soludo, Sir Alex Obiajulu Okoli, a Nigerian medical laboratory scientist and chairman Oganiihu Ndi-Igbo worldwide, based in Houston, USA, described the views and suggestions as timely, appropriate and expedient at this trying time in the country. “We need to quickly examine critically these thought-provoking ideas Prof Soludo has espoused especially the area of setting up the ‘Commission For the Future of Nigerian Youths’ to draw up a template for the future of the country,” Sir Alex Okoli stressed

Sir Okoli therefore called on those in authorities to look into the thoughts and recommendations contained in the write-up carefully and do the needful. He commended Prof Soludo for his patriotism and selflessness; and for always standing up for the nation when the need arises through valuable contributions.

Mr Hakeem Nurudeen, a Lagos based legal practitioner also gave kudos to Soludo for a well thought out direction which the nation could focused on. He advised the authorities to look into the direction the ex-CBN Governor was suggesting.

Mr Bala Usman, a businessman in Kaduna who decried the losses he incurred during the crisis, said Soludo deserves commendations for his valuable contributions to national discourse.

A cross section of Nigerians also commended Soludo for his intelligent and outstanding contributions in the social media.

A young lady in Lagos, Bunmi Oyewole, while commenting on Soludo’s write-up said “Nigeria needs people like him to help us lend a voice, he has made a lot of valuable points, but we hope the leaders will listen.”

Another respondent, who identified himself as Ogochukwu Ogbonna, described Soludo’s write-up as an intelligent piece in the tasty style of a professor. “He has written so audaciously and with weighty valuable contributions to help the nation move forward.”

Prof Soludo’s write-up has also continued to elicit more and more positive comments and commendations across the world especially on the social media platforms: twitter, whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and other news media, with Nigerians calling on the leadership to focus attention on healing the wounds in the land, meeting the legitimate demands of the youths and uniting all nationalities that make up the country.

It will be recalled in the write-up which has generated so much reactions, by the eminent Professor, titled; *Beyond the Protests: Towards a New Future for the Youths,* Prof Soludo had shared some thought-provoking ideas about the future of the Nigerian Youths and how government at various levels can respond.

Among other things he outlined, he canvassed for a deeper and structured national conversation about the future of the youths, the setting up of Commission for the Future of Nigerian Youths to be dominated by youths from the 36 states and FCT, with a well defined timelines for the Commission to deliver results.

He advocated that states and local governments may also set up their own commissions with similar or broader mandates

Prof Soludo further said the country needed an alternative blueprint from the youths for the future of the country. “Let the Commission for the Future of Nigerian Youths produce the youths agenda for security, jobs, poverty reduction and prosperity, as well as the legal-institutional governance structure to deliver them,” he counselled

He also tasked the youths to present their detailed plan for policing in Nigeria and a template on the size, functions, salaries and allowances of elected office holders. Prof Soludo said Nigeria will be grateful to have their costed plan, detailing how much it will cost and where the money will come from.

He charged them to also come up with a better idea on how to eliminate corruption, drastically reduce cost of governance and ensure enhanced productivity across the length and breadth of the Nigerian economy

Soludo commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the prompt acceptance of the EndSARS Protesters demands before it was hijacked by hoodlums and the various social interventions put in place by government.

Soludo also made a case for Lagos to be given special attention, saying it accounts for about 30% of Nigeria’s economy and home to over 20 million Nigerians.

He commended Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state for a great job in managing the covid-19 spread but suggested the state government should review the partial lockdown in the state by looking for other creative ways to manage the covid-19 spread.

Soludo also called on other states in the federation to review their operations to eliminate all policy-induced and regulatory bumps in order to boost the desired economic recovery sought by Nigerians across the nooks and crannies of the country.

Concluding, Soludo empathised with the families of those who lost their loved ones during the crisis as well as the security agents whose lives were lost. He appealed to the youths to give peace a chance now that their voices have been heard loud and clear; by allowing the federal government time to begin immediate implementations of the reforms as requested by them.

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