The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, October 18, appealed to the #EndSARS protesters to cease the raging nationwide protests.
Tinubu predicated his stance on the fact that the Federal Government has initiated the necessary reforms being agitated for.
This was contained in a statement issued by his media aide Tunde Rahman.
“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence,” the statement said.
The ex-Lagos governor debunked his alleged sponsorship of the protest, which has taken a toll on the economy of the state.
“Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos; and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government”, his spokesman argued.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned that it will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests.
Lai Mohammed stated this on Saturday, October 18.
The Minister featured on a late-night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File”
Specifically, he said Saturday’s assassination attempt on the Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola while addressing the protesters; was a clear confirmation that the protests had been hijacked by hoodlums and people with ulterior agenda. He noted that while the original conveners of the protests might have meant well; it was obvious that they were no longer in control of the initiative.
“Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy…That is why the Federal Government in the last 11 days has treated the protesters in a very civilised manner.
“But, if you look at what happened to the governor of Osun State; it has gone completely beyond peaceful protest against excesses and also abuse of power by the police.
“There is nowhere in the world where a government will fold its arms; and also allow the country to descend into anarchy.
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS. But a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy; if the government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians,” he said.