The Solutions to Addressing Youth Unrest Are Provision of Jobs and the Right Environment for the Youths to Flourish – Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins

The Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, today advised the government not to use force in tackling the problem of the youths who were arrested at the Lekki toll gate yesterday in Lagos.

The Archbishop said this during his homily on Sunday at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.  Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins said the solutions to addressing youth unrest are provision of jobs and the right environment for the youths to flourish.

He cautioned the police authorities not to use force on the arrested youths, saying that rather than solve the problem, doing that will heighten the crisis.

Some Nigerian Youths who came out on Saturday to protest over the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel on Police Brutality to handover the tollgate to Lekki Concession Company were arrested by operatives of the Nigeria police for protesting the planned reopening of the Lekki toll gate, where several of the #EndSARS protesters were shot at last year.

Recall that members of the judicial panel set up by the Lagos State government to investigate the October 2020 Lekki shooting voted 5-4 in favor of the handover. Young people mobilising through social media had called out the panel for approving the release of the toll gate while an investigation is ongoing with the youth representative resigning her position on the panel. Ms Rinu Oduala, said she took the decision because of the government’s insincerity.

“Let me be clear: I chose to honour the invitation to represent my peers and to stand as an example that any Nigerian has the right to demand accountability of elected government officials and that our institutions, however flawed, can still deliver justice.

“What I will not do is be part of a cover-up,” she said.

Rinu Oduala, 22, was among those whose bank accounts were frozen by the Nigerian government through the CBN.