Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has assured youths of 60 per cent representation in his new cabinet as part of his administration’s efforts to redress their grievances.
Obaseki gave the assurance on Thursday, when he held an interactive meeting with youth groups at the Government House, Benin.
He described the Edo protest as politically motivated, following its hijack by agents allegedly determined to cause political instability in the state.
Obaseki said: “I am worried about the level of criminality. Part of the fight we had in our first term was the issue of maintaining law and order and fighting criminality. Lots of these criminals hid under the cover of the godfathers who called them their infantry, lions and tigers. You could see them in the last few days, the way they came out pouncing on people’s private properties.The crisis in Edo is not the #EndSARS protests but political because the government supports the #EndSARS protests.
“Just as we defeated them in the election, we will contain them. With my #ENDSARS people, we are going to arrest them and put them back to the zoo. Without law and order, there can’t be economic growth because no investors will come here to invest.”
According to the governor, his administration recognises the role played by youths in his re-election.
He therefore said that his administration had plans to reward the youths with 60 per cent of appointment of youths under the age of 40 in his second tenure.
He said his government had no problem with peaceful protests, adding, “I asked the police to give you protection but the police authorities have a choice to either obey me or not.
“Our position as a government is to support the position of the #EndSARS protesters because their demand is legitimate,” he said, assuring the youths that he was on their side.