Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has kicked against the freezing of the accounts of #EndSARS promoters.
At a special Sunday service in Lagos at the Church, formerly called the Latter Rain Assembly, Bakare said that any strategy against #EndSARS promoters and protestors is unacceptable to the peace and development of the country.
The Preacher said that the right to peaceful protest is one that every Nigerian, particularly young people, should not be deprived of.
“This season of our national life requires deep humility, sobriety, and deliberate thinking through, both by the government and the governed, to ensure that our plans, policies, and actions are weighed before they are implemented to avert the re-occurrence of our most recent crisis.
“Some of the actions recently taken by the government on the heels of the #EndSARS protests may need to be reversed sooner rather than later in our collective best interest so that they do not trigger further protests.
“Among such policy actions is the freezing of the accounts of young Nigerians who reportedly sponsored the protests. While I admit that under our extant laws, banks may freeze an account upon an ex parte order granted to a law enforcement agency by a court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of an investigation, these provisions of our law should not be used to intimidate Nigerian youth simply because they engaged in and promoted protests against the inactions of government.
“Targeting and arresting citizens on trumped-up charges, deploying court probes as a tool of intimidation, and generally eroding our fragile peace, are deeply worrisome signs of regression,” Bakare said.
He added: “To extend the olive branch to the youth in one breath and to deprive the youth of the right to freedom of movement and property, as enshrined in our Constitution in another breath, will send confusing signals and cast doubts in their minds regarding the sincerity of the government.
“The immediate reversal of these actions, therefore, will calm raw nerves and fast-track peace in our land. And if there are serious or fundamental security breaches that necessitated the freezing of bank accounts and the confiscation of a passport, these should be made known.
“In the absence of any security breaches, citizens’ rights should never be trampled upon.”
Also, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned the Federal Government against any form of clampdown on #EndSARS promoters.
This is coming amidst reports of freezing the accounts of some Nigerians involved in the recent protest across the country.
CAN said freezing of accounts, shooting and arresting of #EndSARS promoters would not provide solution to any national challenge.