Mrs. Mohammed, who was a former Minister of Environment in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration before her appointment revealed this recently.
According to her, the recent protest against Police brutality embarked upon by youths is a lesson for the future, especially on how the young ones should partake more in such issues.
She added that there is a social contract in place between the government and the people, so freedom of speech should always be allowed.
His words, “The UN stance is clear, like the UN Secretary General had said in his speech, we believe everyone has a right to demonstrate peacefully for those issues they want to raise with their government.
“There is a social contract in place between the government and the people and it is important to have that freedom of speech provided it is done peacefully.
“I think in the case where we heard that lives and property were lost, it was unfortunate and we believe that in addressing the demands that were made by young people, perhaps this is a lesson we can take into the future and how we engage in such issues.
“I have to say that there are lot of protests around the world that have been exacerbated by COVID because, COVID has left people out of work, left people hopeless because of the socio-economic impact.
“And in many of those protests, we have not seen government turn around in response as quickly as this government did. So, the UN response to this is that, we must make sure that what happened in this protest, we are able to address those issues, those gaps and begin the reform.
“In fact I will say the transformations that are needed to address many of these outstanding issues and for that we need to engage youths, we need to engage government. I think what has been put in place are those building blocs and the support of the UN has been asked to make sure that those convenience can happen.”
“And that we can build back trust and have confidence building measures in order to get to where we need, to where the social contract between government and the people is firm, trust worthy and working for the benefits of the Nigerian people.”
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