#EndSARS: “We created the hoodlums” – Ex-Gov Donald Duke asks for forgiveness



The former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke has blamed the current chaos and ironic turn of events in Nigeria on bad governance.

According to him, the hoodlums who have hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest in different parts of the country should not blamed, adding that their actions is as a result of a failed system.

Duke who spoke to the media on Sunday while reacting to the destruction of properties in Calabar by some hoodlums, noted that the act was not normal.

He said,

“We often want to blame these happenings on criminals and miscreants, but they are no such people, we created them, they are human beings.

“I find it deplorable when people regard others as miscreants. They are our children. If you don’t provide for them, train them and give them hope, they will take laws into their hands; but the point is we need to rise up and correct these things.

“We must mean what we say and say what we mean. When the youths feel that your words are empty statements, they won’t take you seriously anymore.

“The youths have been bruised and we need to address that and heal their scars. My desire is to reach out to them, speak to them and ask for forgiveness; so that we can forgive them too and create a better society.

“We love Cross River, the soonest we come out, we will encourage others to do same. We need the support of everyone to do this. We should encourage the government to succeed, regardless of what we think.

“Some of the protesters are idle, if they are employed, they won’t be on the streets. You can’t say you have a right to life without given a right to livelihood.

“When you see someone carting away a used toilet base, you should know there is a big problem. We need to help our young people to succeed. We need to educate, equip and sustain them”.


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