Former Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, has warned against any protest in Nigeria, saying such protest would definitely be hijacked by hoodlums.
Ndoma-Egba gave the warning in Calabar while visiting his vandalised house for the first time, since it was destroyed by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSars protest in Calabar on Oct. 24, 2021.
According to him, there was need to revisit the argument by the youths as “there are a lots of failed expectations from government.
“We have had a lots of missed points as a nation, but will this protest address this miss points? I think rather, it is a deliberate policy by the youths of this country to participate in the means of acquiring power.
“And the means of acquiring power today is through election. Let them have a deliberate plan to penetrate the political parties and take over, they have the numbers.
“But to begin to demonstrate, you know that hoodlums will hijack. Let me say that I have my worries that any protest again will still be hijacked by hoodlums and at the end of the day they would lost the whole essence of the protest,” he noted.
He said that for historical purposes, the leadership of the country has always been led by youths.
“For instance, the first republic, who were the leaders? Who were those who fought our Independence? The Nnamdi Azikiwe’s who was in his 40’s, Awolowo was in his 30’s, Enahoro was in his 20’s.
“Then if you check the first generation of military leaders, there were governors who were 32. Those who did the civil war, the Adekunle’s and the Obasanjo’s and the rest, they were all in their 20’s and 30’s; so the leadership of this country has always been youths,” he added.
He expressed sadness that those who carried out the extensive damage in his home in Calabar came very prepared with all sorts of craftsmen.
He noted that it couldn’t have been spontaneous, but it was something very deliberate and predetermined.
“But like I said in my statement I issued immediately after my house was destroyed, I have forgiven them, but that’s without prejudice to the law taking its course because I cannot influence the course of the law; but for me as a person I have forgiven them.
“I hope what they did here benefits them, if it doesn’t benefit them in any way then it was a total waste of effort and energy.
“And what we have lost here is priceless. There are collections that predates me, there are books in my library, that is my father’s practice book for instance, all gone. Momentous that were passed from one generation to another gone”.
Commenting on the general losses from the #Endsars in Cross River, he said “I thought we were very few that were affected during the #EndSars riot, only for me to see the report from the Commissioner for Culture, Mr Eric Anderson tbat over 166 buildings were affected”.
He mentioned other affected buildings to include the Calabar International Conference Centre, National Identity Management Commission, West African Examination Council among others.
“On a personal note, I started this house in 1991 and only finished in January 2009. It took me a whole 18 years,” he said.