The minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline K. Tallen, has called on all women and youth to stop the nationwide protest against police brutality in the country.
Dame While sympathizing over the lives lost at the cost of the #Endsarsprotest, in a press statement on Wednesday, said the government has heard and would need time to address the issue raised by the protesters.
The statement reads:
“Great women and Mothers of
has been hijacked by mindless individuals and criminals with a different intent.
As a Mother am heartbroken and weep bitterly at the way innocent and young souls whose dream is to bring about justice in our land are sent to an early grave.
I want to appeal to our teeming youth men and women, to please sheathe their swords and give Government time to address the issues. When things are not right, the citizens take to the streets. When the Citizens take to the Streets, the Government is bound to listen. This Government has listened and has heard your voices.
My appeal is for calm to give room for further consultations so that together we can address the impasse.
Mothers of the Nation, cradle nurturers, life-givers, pain soothers, this period calls for calm, caution, and prayers. Let us jointly arise to pray for our children and our great country Nigeria. As women, let us call our children off the streets as the situation is no longer safe. The pain and tears of a mother no one know nor feel the gravity, but only a Mother who has given life to that child.
To our youth, thank you for your statements; spoken and unspoken; written and unwritten.
This is a rebirth of a new order in Nigeria with the youth at the front burner of affairs, but my appeal is for restraint to enable us to take appropriate decisions that could be used collectively or selectively in resolving the issues raised.
Nigerian Women, Mothers of the Nation arise and pray.”