The Muslim Community of Lagos State (MCLS) has called on the #EndSARS protesters to remain focused on their noble cause, saying that utmost caution should be applied in demanding for their rights.
Speaking with some selected journalists including Muslim News on Sunday, MCLS President, Professor Tajudeen Gbadamosi said Muslims in Lagos State have watched keenly the ongoing #EndSARS protest across the country for the past two week.
Prof. Gbadamosi stated that the protest was organised by young men and women, who are protesting against police brutality, extrajudicial killings and other forms of injustices perpetuated by the now disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
He observed that the young protesters have indeed come to a glorious stage having attracted the attention of key organs of government.
According to him, “They have enjoyed the sympathy and support of the masses. They have also attracted the attention of the legislative arm of government at both the federal and state levels. Above all, they have also attracted the attention of the executive arm of government at the state and federal levels. The executive arm of government has taken some actions in line with the articulated demands. Consequently, we can say that we have achieved glory so far.”
He said their struggle for justice in the country is a noble cause, thereby warning them against instigating violence and safeguarding their ranks from interlopers in order not to compromise their glory.
“Demanding for justice is a noble cause. In the light of this, we appeal to the protesters to remain focused on their noble objectives. We also urge them to be cautious lest those who do not identify with their high moral ideals nor share the patriotic objectives of their cause infiltrate their ranks and compromise the glory that has been achieved so far.
“We also urge them to eschew violence in all its forms because violence in any form detracts from the nobility of a cause.”
The President urged the protesting youths to get back to the negotiating table with the government so as to seal agreement on modalities, strategies and proper implementation of their demands.
“We advise them to take advantage of their current glory to consider seriously getting to the negotiating table. This would enable agreement on modalities, strategies and timelines, and this would take us from our glorious stage to ushering in a new and better Nigeria,” he added.