Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, has commended the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano over the payment of compensation of #200m to victims of EndSARS protest in the state.
Obiano had during his 2021 budget presentation to the State House of Assembly on Tuesday, announced the setting aside of a sum of N200m for payment of compensation to victims with proven cases of gross human rights violations, torture and deaths from the protest in the state.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Okeke-Ogene praised the governor for his proactive measures in handling the protest as well as sustained efforts in containing the activities of hoodlums who took advantage of the protest to wreck havoc in the state.
He advised the youths to always resist attempt of being lured into violence capable of leading to destruction of their future and destiny.
He reminded them that continued destruction of public and private properties would further exacerbate the level of hunger and poverty in the land, just as he appealed to security operatives especially the Police to return to their duty post for the sake of the helpless Nigerians.
He said, “Anambra youths demonstrated a high sense of maturity and responsibility throughout the exercise until it was hijacked by miscreants who infiltrated the group and used the opportunity to unleash mayhem.
“The youths made a very clear statement that highlighted inherent problems undermining the growth and development of the country, including the shortcomings of the security apparatus that encourage arbitrariness especially by SARS Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
“ENDSARS protests have equally sent clear signal to our leaders of the need to be responsive to needs and aspiration of the masses to uplift quality of life and the welfare of security personnel to promote professionalism.”