Speech delivered by Comrade Olayemi Success, Chief Convener and Kabiru Dallah, Co-Convener
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Support for Nigeria Police and other Security Agencies during their rally at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, yesterday.
Today, we the leaders of different Civil society organizations are gathered here from far and near with some of our members from every nook and cranny of Nigeria in solidarity with our security agencies especially the Nigeria Police force, recently, we are all aware of pockets of protest demanding for the scrap of Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) in display of his 21st century Police officer’s compliance, highest level of professionalism and best regards for Democracy yielded to the call and disbanded the SARS, surprisingly, the protesters still continue with their trade of protest, this we see as totally uncalled-for and unacceptable, originally, the protest was ill conceived as the advantages and usefulness of SARS in curbing crimes in Nigeria overwhelmingly out weighed their few mistakes, therefore, such protests can be highly demoralising.
In view of the above, this solidarity march is very important to boost the morale of the police men and women, for them to know that well meaning Nigerians appreciate their sacrifices in securing Nigeria, we are convinced that Police is our friend and everyone that sees police as enemies are suspects.
Let us use this opportunity to commend the world best Inspector General of Police for creating SPECIAL WEAPONS AND TACTICS TEAM (SWATT), which we believe will discharge all the responsibilities of the disbanded SARS more professionally and effectively, also, it is very important to call on the National Assembly to approve more funding for Nigeria Police force for adequate security.
Finally, we call on all Nigerians to collectively join hands with the Nigeria Police Force for an enduring security and peace in Nigeria.
Thank you and God bless Nigeria.