#EndSARS protests hijacked by ‘dark forces’ – Lai Mohammed

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the latest development over attacks on #EndSARS protesters in the country shown that the protests has been completely hijacked by ‘dark forces’.

The Minister disclosed this on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) news programme on Saturday, while responding to the ongoing protests, he said Federal government can’t go higher than what it has done in meeting the demands of the protesting youths.

According to him, “President Muhammadu Buhari will not abdicate his responsibilities, which is the protection of lives and property, as the continuation of protests across the country is unnecessary since the Federal Government has met the demands and has even done more than what was asked”.

He said a protest where protesters are now blocking the roads and highway, cannot be said to be peaceful because workers are finding it difficult to get to their offices and back home while many Nigerians are stranded on the roads.

“We have nothing against peaceful protest but there are civilised ways of doing so,” he said.This is by going to a venue where you are not going to disturb other Nigerians because where your own right stops, other persons’ right begins,” he said.

Alhaji Lai pleaded with the Nigerian youths to give Federal Government chance to implement their demands. “If the purpose of this protest is to meet your demands and that demands has been met, made public, and has been giving marching orders, for crying out loud, if you are sincere from your word, why don’t you give the government a chance?

“The meeting of NEC comprise all governors of the country, presided over by the Vice-President. A communiqué was read out and we have started the implementation. We’ve asked all state governors to set up Victims Support Fund, not only are you going to have a judicial panel of enquiry, but the composition must comprise of youths, students and CSOs”.

“We went further to say that they should set up a Special Security and Human Rights committee in each state with students, youths and CSOs as members. We says the new Police Special Tactical unit will overseen by this panel which comprises of CSOs and youths. I don’t  think we can bend beyond that”, he said.

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