(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)- As #EndSars# protest shut down Abuja, Lagos, Abeokuta, Enugu, Ekiti, Delta; turns bloody in some states and spreads to London, Germany, South Africa and other countries, a legal practitioner, Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh, has blamed the emergent crisis situation on failure of security intelligence.
Speaking with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, on the development, Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh argued that early actions from the central government would have saved the day by nipping the protests in the bud.
” It is obvious that the Nigerian security lacks effective intelligence gathering and monitoring architecture. That is why the Federal Government was unprepared to manage the mass protests rocking the country”, he emphasized.
Chief Emeh, who is also a political strategist, drew comparison with other climes where this type of protest has happened and how it was handled, added that the crisis would have been averted if those in authority had taken the pains to know in good time what the issues are, and gone ahead to meet them.
According to the social commentator, such a swift move would have saved those who live in Lagos and Abuja the agony of spending days and nights in their cars because of traffic gridlock occasioned by the mass protests.
“They should have been proactive to know what the demands were, and respond in time to avoid protest”, Barr. Emeh maintained, even as he commended the Inspector General of Police for banning SARS, an action which he said looked like medicine after death.
The legal practitioner further commended youths of Rivers State for their understanding, and appreciating how to approach the problem, a disposition which he said, is different from what is happening in other parts of the country.
Responding to a question, the political strategist advised the Federal Government to set up a monitoring team to continue to interface with the citizens, with a view to ensuring peaceful coexistence and economic growth, stressing that Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians.
Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh, who is also a financial administrator however advised the protesters to be sensitive to understand when their point had been made, an assessment which the former Commissioner of Transport and Aviation in Rivers State believes would save them from loosing the war after gaining so much grounds.
His words: “I will continue to advise protesters to remain peaceful and not in any way allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the probable “laudable and good” intentions.
“Once the protest becomes violent, then the protesters will be likened to the farmer who brought home ant infested firewood, which, by implication, is an invitation of the lizard to an unpleasant feast, adding that no responsible government would fold her hands when there is breakdown of law and order”.