Imam of Peace has faced VP Yemi Osinbajo over #EndSARS protests.
OnyxNews Nigeria reports that Mohammad Tawhidi, known as Imam of Peace, a Muslim influencer and reformist Imam, who has been a key critic of President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
Imam of Peace, who took some time off social media, returned on Friday, October 16, and lent his voice to the ongoing #EndSARS protests across Nigeria which has enjoyed supports from Twitter, Google and other social media platforms.
This online news platform reports that Nigerian youths are agitating for the end to Police brutalization and extra judicial killings in the country.
The Nigerian youths have been on the streets for more than a week now, protesting the brutalities, humiliation, and extortion of Nigerians, especially the youths.
During the protests, the protesters demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi, using a hashtag: #EndSARS.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu dissolved SARS on Sunday, October 11, 2020, inline with a widespread protest from Nigerians worldwide, despite this, the protesters have refused to quit.
Reacting to the #EndSARS protests for the first time in a series of tweets, Vice President Osinbajo wrote: “Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry.
“I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough. These feelings of frustration are justified.
“Here are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.
“Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government.
“We also understand that the issues that you’re raising are bigger than just SARS. They’re deep and systemic and we’re undertaking comprehensive measures that will revamp the police by addressing issues of welfare, service conditions and training.”
Unhappy with Osinbajo’s tweet, Imam of Peace in a tweet, replied that Nigerians do not want his apology but rather want him to resign.
“The people don’t want your apology, they want your resignation,” he tweeted.