Members of the Young Progressives Party on Thursday staged a walking campaign in Ilorin, Kwara State, urging the youths to translate the gains achieved during the 2020 #EndSARs protests to ballot box revolution during the 2023 general elections.
The YPP members, who were dressed in vests and face caps with YPP’s inscriptions carried placards with the inscription, ‘ #EndSARS protest will not end in vain.’
The rally, which started at the party secretariat, GRA, Ilorin, took them to Challenge, Post Office, Taiwo road, Surulere, Baboko Oja Oba, Ojagboro and Gambari areas in the metropolis.
Explaining the motive behind the campaign, the state chairman of the party, Mr Charles Folayan said Nigerian youths came together in October 2020 and made a five-point demand which the Federal Government granted.
Folayan said, “a year ago, Nigerian youths across the country spoke out loud and clear with one “SoroSoke” voice against police brutality and bad governance. We expressed our anger and frustration and demanded a reset.
“Armed only with internet connectivity, social media skills, unity, collective purpose, and a burning passion for a better Nigeria, youths shut down the nation and forced the Nigerian Government to promise the immediate disbandment of the notorious SARS unit and pledge reforms for officers of the Nigerian Police Force.
“With a purely egalitarian structure, youths provided security, legal and health services, entertainment and funds for the protest.
“There was no differentiation along religious or ethnic lines. Nigerian youths do not think along the lines of East or West; North or South. This is reserved for the deeply entrenched ‘political elite’ that have held this country by the throat”.
He said the youths can never forget that many young Nigerians were injured, and lost their lives in the course of fighting for a better society.
He charged his colleagues to ensure that the sacrifice of ‘these fallen heroes’ was not in vain, adding that they must see the #EndSARS protest as proof of the youths’ power and capacity to rebirth Nigeria.