#EndSARS protesters yesterday revealed plans to lockdown down Abuja and Lagos in their quest to end police brutality and #EndSARS completely in the country. The plan to Lockdown Abuja and Lagos is to force the federal government to meet their demands to stop alleged police brutality, as well as others.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed,had on Saturday in a late night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File” warned that the federal government would no longer allow the disruption to social and economic activities to persist as hoodlums and people with ulterior motives have hijacked the ongoing #EndSARS campaign to destabilise the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the the original conveners of the protests might have meant well, but it was obvious that they were no longer in control of the initiative.
Speaking in the programme titled; “EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward,” he said; “Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy and 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 abuse of power by the police.
“There is no where in the world where a government will folds its arms and allow the country to descend into anarchy.
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians”.
Following the allegations by the federal government to end the protest as some hoodlums and people with ulterior motives have hijacked the ongoing #EndSARS campaign to destabilize the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the protesters in a tweet said yesterday, that they will block all critical road arteries in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos, the country’s economic nerve center, until their demands are meant.
The Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd.), in a statement yesterday cautioned the protesters against breaching national security, warning them to not engage in acts that could lead to a breakdown of law and order, calling on the protesters to approach the #EndSARS protests with calmness.
The Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, after a meeting with the President at the State house in Abuja, called on the protesters to discontinue the nationwide protest as federal government have accepted their five-point demands.
While speaking after the meeting, the Senate president said; “I want to thank Mr President for exhibiting his very deep democratic credentials. The protests have gone on for over 10 days, probably today is the 11th day across many states of the country.
“I think the protesters have expressed their legitimate rights, the government has listened and the essence of coming to meet Mr. President is to review the situation and see the roles the two arms of government should play in ensuring that the five-point demands of the protesters are properly addressed.
“It is also very critical at this point to mention this. Since the protests have taken place and the issues have been accepted, the time has come for the protests to stop because the government needs to have sufficient time and conducive environment to implement the demands of the protesters.”