The Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Senator I. D. Gyang of has said he has observed with dismay how a peaceful “#EndSARS” protest by Nigerian youths was hijacked by hoodlums in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday 20th October to orchestrate ethnic and religious acrimony resulting in the destruction and looting of business premises, shops and torching of two churches.
The Senator in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, on Media & Protocol Musa Ibrahin Ashoms said he is disturbed that while Nigerian youths were ventilating their pains against Police brutality and bad governance among other issues through open protest, retrogressive elements and hoodlums saw it as an opportunity to unleash mayhem on peace loving and law-abiding citizens in Jos-Bukuru metropolis.
According to the statement Senator Gyang who is ardently committed to promoting peace in his Constituency, is urging the people to resist attempts by persons who seek to exploit ethnic and religious diversity in Plateau North Senatorial District to sow seeds of discord, acrimony, hate and hostility.
He said rather than allow such persons to gain momentum, the people should embrace and pursue peace building, harmonious communal coexistence and the spirit of brotherliness.
Meanwhile, the Senator said he identifies with the pains and frustration of Nigerian youths and respects their right to peaceful protest against Police brutality and bad governance among many other issues. He therefore, strongly urged the President to address the nation to undertake and implement measures recommended through the resolutions of the Senate and other well-meaning citizens as a demonstration of government’s responsiveness to the plight and cry of Nigerian youths in particular and all citizens nationwide.
Senator Gyang also said that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government on the “End SARS” protest should assess and recommend the payment of compensation to victims of destroyed and looted properties including the reconstruction of the two churches affected by the mayhem.