While most Nigerian musicians and Nigerians have expressed concerns over the unpleasant activities of the police, SARS precisely, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, aka Vector tha Viper, thinks Nigerians are too harsh on them.
This has been a trending topic on social media, as people want the government to put an end to SARS. With the ‘hashtag #EndSars’ on Twitter, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was also in support.
But Vector, whose late father was a policeman, told GoldmyneTV that he grew up in the barrack and he was aware of the poor living conditions of these men.
He said, “Since I lived in the barracks, I know these people suffer too. It takes a lot to take an oath to lay your life down for your citizens, so they should be appreciated also. I believe to whom much is given much is also expected. Since you are expecting much from them, do you give them a lot?”
Admitting that he is not in support of certain things they do, he urged the government to put the right things in place.
“Look at the Libya slave trade crisis, people left Nigeria because things were bad for them. They’ve been rescued, how do we ensure that they don’t run away again? Have you ever been to barracks before? Policemen live like rats and these people protect us!
“When Yakubu Aiyegbeni announced his retirement recently, people were insulting him. They have forgotten that he broke records and did a lot for Nigeria as a player. If you are condemning the police every time, how will you see the good part of them? So, I am not just there criticising the Nigerian police; I also see the right things they do. If you give them what they deserve and they still do things wrongly, then you can penalise them.”