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Angry youths storm Covid-19 palliative warehouse in Osun, cart away food items

Angry youths storms Covid-19 palliative warehouse in Osun, cart away food items
Written by Maritime First

… As Global Peace pleads: Let us not allow #EndSARS’ anger destroy Nigeria***

Some angry youths in Osun on Friday stormed a warehouse in Ede town, where Covid-19 palliatives were allegedly stored, and carted away food items meant to be distributed to residents.

The angry youths trooped out in their hundreds to the moribund Cocoa-Ceramic Industry in Ede where the palliatives were stored.

Some of the items carted away include beans, noodles, sugar, salt, garri, rice, pastas among other items. There were no attempt to stop them.

Mr Mufu Akano, one of the youths who spoke to newsmen, said he is happy to be among those who will go home “with what belongs to us”.

Akano noted that the food palliatives which were supposed to be distributed to residents in the state were locked up in a safe haven for some unexplained reasons and agenda which he considered “evil”.

He commended the zeal and efrontry of the looters, including some commercial motorcyclists and drivers of some private vehicles who joined in the looting.

In another development, the Global Peace Foundation of Nigeria (GPFN), an NGO, has appealed to Nigerians not to allow the EndSARS protest to destroy the unity and peace of the country.

The Country Director of GPFN, Rev.  John Hayab, made the appeal in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

Hayab said that the protests had attracted a lot of support and sympathy, indicating that Nigeria’s democracy was maturing and that the citizens have a great role to play in decision making.

“However, the latest destruction of properties allegedly by some hoodlums, who may have infiltrated the genuine protest, is condemnable by all lovers of peace.

“Accordingly, GPFN in promoting innovative leadership, appeals to all Nigerian youths not to allow their anger against SARS to destroy the country that they are the hopeful future leaders.

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“GPF Nigeria recognises the strategic role of the youths as demonstrated in organising themselves to express their grievances to the government.

“Calling for an end to the brutality of SARS, especially the orderliness that the protest began with, but which, unfortunately, has been disrupted.

“The call, therefore, is that while GPF commends the Nigerian youths who have truly shown that they are members of `One Family under God’, proving that there is hope for Nigeria with the youths taking the lead, highly informed and organised Nigerian youths must coordinate themselves to promote love, respect and togetherness for a better Nigeria.’’

While calling for calm, GPF appealed to the Federal Government not to allow the use of force by any armed police or soldier on the youths assembling for #EndSARS protest, but to pay great attention to their complaints.

“The leadership of the nation needs to work together with the youths to forge a peaceful society as we work to defeat COVID-19 pandemic that is not yet over,” he said.

 

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