Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has proposed the formation of committee to oversee he concerns of Nigerian Youths in a paper titled ‘Beyond the Protest, Towards a new future for Nigerian Youths’
He went further to say that his daughter has encountered the unfounded brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad’s harassment and repacious activities in the country.
Soludo stated that he had resisted the inclination to partake in the protest against injustice.
Prof. Chukwuma Soludo said that he had been protecting since he was a 19 year-old. He also prayed that the country would use this opportunity to turn things aeound for the betterment of her citizens.
He stated, “Peaceful protests and agitation are critical ingredients of a living democracy and should be encouraged . I reflected upon my personal experience as a student activist in mobilising peaceful protests against government policies .
“ Given the enormity of the events of the past weeks , I believe that as a citizen , I have a duty ( aside from possible private advisory to the Federal Government ) to share preliminary thoughts on the raging national conversation .
“ Over the past two weeks , I have watched with heightened trepidation the horrifying videos about the protests on social media and the unfortunate events that unfolded. I have been deeply saddened by the colossal costs in terms of lost lives and property as well as the humongous blow to an already dreadful economy.
“ Let me extend my deepest condolences to the families of the protesters and the law enforcement agents that lost their lives in the course of these events . We also sympathise with the innocent citizens and businesses , whose properties have been destroyed , shops looted , vehicles and houses burnt , etc . Given the poor insurance system , these loses can be permanent with lifetime pains to the victims – most of whom are still the same youths.”
“As I ponder the events of the past weeks and the future of our youths, I am convinced that this is the time for that deeper and structured national conversation about the future of our youths.