How do we solve this #SARSMUSTEND situation so that more people do not die? My 10-point approach:
1. The President, as the Chief Operational Controller of the Nigerian Police Force should order the Police to stop using live bullets on unarmed protesters.
2. The President or the VP should take visible personal charge of the situation, since the IGP has clearly lost credibility in the eyes of the public.
3. The IGP should consider stepping down to save more lives, or should be encouraged to do so. He is due to go soon anyway.
4. Although there is a lot of JUSTIFIABLE anger (especially with continuing killings), protests should continue to be peaceful and non-violent. Violent miscreants should be isolated, ostracised and reported as enemies of the reform cause.
5. The Youth should choose FROM AMONG THEMSELVES people that can engage with the Government (at the highest level) on their behalf.
6. Both parties should agree on immediate next steps that they will jointly monitor and publicly report build confidence that things are changing.
7. Innocent protesters should be released.
8. Those that have engaged in criminality(Police or Protester) should be identified & swiftly punished.
9. Respected citizens, regardless of age, should weigh in to speak to all sides to allow the process of healing and reform to start.
10. The wider issues of governance and weak accountability, of which poor policing is only a part, should be aggressively and relentlessly tackled by the President. These are my thoughts. They will not appeal to everyone and I would welcome more ideas and an informed debate. End.

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