The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, has stated that the #EndSARS protests against police brutality are a wake up call to the leaders of the nation.
Tambuwal disclosed this while speaking at the inauguration of a project in Sokoto on Thursday, where he also added that citizens are ready “to start pushing back.”
The governor was represented at the event by his Special Assistant on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Akibu Dalhatu, and his statement also said that posterity will judge the actions and inactions of the leaders if they fail to speak up against the ills in Nigeria.
“In our country today, we are faced with banditry, rape cases, corruption, mismanagement of funds, nepotism, insurgency, and so many issues that threaten the unity of this country, NAN quoted him as saying.
“Posterity will not fail to judge us all for our actions and inactions if we do not speak; it is we the people that will change Nigeria.
“The recent #EndSARS protests that rocked across the country and even beyond is a wake-up call to our leaders. The fact that they have pushed us so much to the wall shows that Nigerians are ready to start pushing back.”
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Tambuwal therefore urged that the people should take an active part in the budget-making process.
“We must adopt the participatory approach to budget making; before the budget office of the presidency, the ministry of finance and budget planning finalise any budget, they must organise town hall meetings. This will gather the inputs of the people and determine priority areas,” he said.
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“If the people participate in the budget-making process, they will also follow how the appropriated money is being spent and by this they will demand transparency and accountability from government officials.
“The people’s engagement in these processes strengthens and deepens democracy, and this ensures that the process of the rule of law is followed.”
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