By Udora Orizu
A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Timi Frank, on Wednesday, accused the federal government of gross insensitivity to the plight of victims of the #EndSARS protests and Lekki Tollgate killings a year ago.
Frank, in a statement to commemorate the first anniversary of the protest, said the federal government has failed to bring those who carried out the dastardly acts to justice.
He lamented that government at all levels have failed to initiate and implement policies and programmes aimed at massive job creation, youth empowerment, engagements and poverty alleviation.
He further lamented that the judicial panels set up to unravel the police atrocities and government-sponsored crackdown on peaceful protesters have failed to conclude their sittings and make actionable recommendations.
While condemning the police for attempting to prevent the youths from marking the anniversary of the Lekki Toll Gate killings, Frank called on Nigerian youths to remain resolute and steadfast in their quest to stamp out police brutality and other forms of victimization, corruption, harassment, intimidation and extra-judicial killings by security forces in the country.
He said: “No soldier has been sanctioned nor prosecuted. No living victim nor family of dead victims have been compensated. How long will victims of the wickedness of government await justice? Besides, it is both unimaginable and unacceptable that one year after the #EndSARS agitations, policemen involved in the inhuman and egregious acts like torture, extortions, extra-judicial killings and other abuses have not been held to account.
“The Nigerian Government at all levels have not only betrayed the people, they have continued to engage in anti-people rhetorics that show their unwillingness to learn from the issues that led to the #EndSARS protests. Why is it that the panels of enquiry set up by the federal government and various other state governments have failed to diligently carry out their assignments and ensure justice for victims? This is nothing but an unholy and ungodly collusion aimed at making Nigerians forget the incident, protect security agents who massacred peaceful protesters and to eternally deny victims of justice.”