The ongoing #ENDSARS protests across major cities in the country took another dimension on Friday as protesters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), demanded for the restructuring of the country, and good governance.
This is a dramatic shift from the original agenda of the youths who had in the past ten days literally seized several major cities in the country, and demanded the dismantling of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Though the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, had earlier announced the disbandment of SARS, the protests have continued unabated across major cities of the country.
The protests continued in Abuja on Friday despite the no-protest order by the FCT Security Committee.
One of the protesters who spoke with journalists said “we are migrating to another level. We are now asking for restructuring of the country, and good governance.”
The issue of restructuring the country had in the last two years occupied centre stage of national discourse, and there is a groundswell of opinion that the country faces a bleak future unless it is restructured.
Several major roads in the federal capital, including the one leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, were blocked by the protesters, causing terrible traffic tie-up in the metropolis.
Similar incident occurred in Lagos, the nation’s commercial nerve centre as protesters blocked major roads in the city.
Late on Friday night, the protesters held candle procession and vigil at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, in honour and memory who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations.
According to our Correspondents, several thousands of youths took to the streets of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Ogun and Ondo states, to remonstrate against police brutality on the citizenry.
In Benin, the Edo state capital, armed thugs attacked the protesters with cudgels and knives inflicting heavy injuries on their victims.