A member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress and former ally of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), Buba Galadima, has said the # EndSARS protest removed the cloak of invincibility from the Buhari regime .
Galadima also said the regime was setting the stage for a revolution in the country.
Galadima also berated northern governors over what he described as their “ shameful ” declaration that the youth – led protest , which was engineered by injustices meted out to them by the regime and its enablers , was an attempt to force a regime change .
According to him , unless those in government were playing the ostrich, the # EndSARS protest went beyond seeking an end to police brutality.
He stressed that Nigerian youths were demanding an end to the systemic corruption in public service and the exclusion of qualified Nigerians from access to existing opportunities .
Galadima said , “ When # EndSARS started , they didn ’ t know that the sons and daughters of average Nigerians, who could not get food to eat, (could) make them lose sleep . And they’ve just seen a tip of the iceberg.
“ They are leading this country into a revolution that they don ’ t want to accept . They are the people causing the revolution by excluding , disenfranchising people not on the basis of competence but on the basis of ‘ they don ’t belong ’ . That is why we need a leader that is a large- hearted Nigerian who will carry us all along , not because he is an Idoma man or a Bade man .
“ Do they know ? One of my friend’ s sons wanted to join the Police Force . He was asked by these faceless people to pay an amount of money for him to be recruited . My friend told his son , ‘ even if I had the money , I won ’ t pay, besides, I don ’ t even have the money . If you are recruited because I paid the money , you are also going in there to help yourself to make the money back .’”
Galadima alleged that promotion in the civil service had become cash and carry , arguing that it could cost up to N5 m to move from deputy director to director ; N2 m to rise from assistant director to deputy director and between N500 , 000 to N1 m to move from level 15 to 16 .