Founder and senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) Tunde Bakare has declared his support for the #EndSARS campaign in his state-of-the-nation broadcast.
Bakare described the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as State-Aided Robbery Squad.
He said Nigerians have a right to express their angst towards the government by protest.
“We have been denied quality education, good healthcare, quality roads, access to electricity, and much more,” the cleric who was once a running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari said.
“The brutal impunity of the gun-wielding policeman or SARS operative is the symbol of this bad governance experience.
“SARS is also the symbol of that politician who loots public funds to build a political war chest and spends it during elections buying votes, hiring thugs, intimidating voters and robbing the people of the power of choice.
“SARS is the emblem on the agbada of the legislator who robs the people through budget padding, outrageous allowances, and unaccounted-for constituency projects.”
“SARS is the symbol of the corrupt judge who compels Lady Justice to remove her blindfold to check whether the person in the dock is a poor phone thief or a wealthy pension thief so as to sell justice to the highest bidder.”
Bakare urged the Buhari administration to fish out those who shot at protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos on Tuesday.
“Above all, I strongly recommend that President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that those who ordered armed soldiers to fire on innocent citizens are fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.
“The officers who carried out such wicked acts should also be prosecuted under international legal standards,” he wrote
The popular preacher also called for an end to corruption and bad governance.