- Senator Rochas Okorocha has stated that the EndSARS protest is a result of unfair leadership in Nigeria
- The former governor and APC chieftain said the demonstration is a wake-up call to Nigerian leaders
- Okorocha said the lifestyle of leaders is provoking the youths, urging people in the position of authorities to make sacrifices in terms of pay cut
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Rochas Okorocha, immediate governor of Imo state, has submitted that the escalation of the EndSARS protest into violence and wanton destruction of properties is because of "unfair leadership for a long time."
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday, October 23, the former governor, who is now representing Imo West senatorial district in the Senate, noted that government has been "selfish in handling the affairs of this country."
Okorocha sympathised with the families who lost their beloved ones during the demonstration, describing the situation as "very unfortunate and highly regrettable."
While noting that the protest is a wakeup call to the Nigerian leaders, the senior lawmaker stated that people in the position of authority must rise to their responsibilities to ensure that such future occurrences never happen again.
Okorocha said the lifestyle of leaders is provoking the youths.
Okorocha advocated 50 to 70% pay cut of lawmakers, governors and ministers income “so that the youths will also have a sense of belonging that the leaders are making a sacrifice.”
"The truth is that our lifestyle provokes youths. We must call on leaders, the legislatures and executives, to change our lifestyle as a mark of sacrifice.
"I want to say that this is a wakeup call by the youths of this country to the leaders of this nation. It is a pointer that we the elite have been selfish in handling the affairs of this country. There has been a track record of unfair leadership for a long time."
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Meanwhile, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has responded to the Lekki shooting, with the regional body urging the Nigerian government to commence a rapid investigation.
ECOWAS made this appeal in a statement on Wednesday, October 21, as the Lekki shooting continues gaining drives amid reactions globally.
While wishing those injured a speedy recovery, the body commiserated with the family of those killed by the combined force of the police and the Nigerian Army.
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