In the wake of ongoing #EndSARS protests across the nation, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has stated that the church identifies with everyone protesting against police brutality and the abuse of power by the very institution established to protect them.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on his behalf by Pastor Johnson Odesola, Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel) of the church via social media on Tuesday.
It noted that RCCG has declared its understanding and appreciation of the concerns and grievances of the youths and the generality of Nigerians and called for an immediate end to police brutality in the country.
While noting the constitutional responsibility of the Police to maintain law and order, he emphasized the need for the Police to constantly align their strategies with the needs of the people.
Our daughters will not be able to prophesy and young men will not see visions if we don’t keep them alive.
I support the youths in this peaceful protest as they “speak up” to #EndPoliceBrutality#EndSARS#ENDSWAT pic.twitter.com/UFnAfsskly
— Pastor Adeboye (@PastorEAAdeboye) October 14, 2020
He said many innocent lives had been wasted through unnecessary brutality and wrong application of force, saying that the Church called on the government to not only restructure the Police but to also re-orientate the officers towards modern ways of policing.
The RCCG head said the disbandment of the SARS was a welcomed development, while noting the establishment of a new outfit called the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), but warned that it should not become a case of old wine in a new bottle.
Adeboye reiterated the church’s call on government to take urgent steps to tackle the rising rate of unemployment, decay in the nation’s educational system and the general harsh economic situation in the country. He appealed to protesters to comport themselves orderly and eschew violence and destruction in the process of expressing their grievances.
This coming after Adeboye issued warning on the need for Nigeria to be restructured. According to him, it is either Nigeria is restructured or it will break into pieces. He issued the warning while supporting the campaign against police brutality.
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