DO NOT ALLOW ENEMIES OF THE NATION HIJACK YOUR PROTESTS- MONARCH TELLS #ENDSARS PROTESTERS TO GO HOME
The Olowu of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has appealed to #ENDSARS protesters across the country to go home so as to prevent enemies of Nigeria from hijacking the protest.
The monarch, in a statement by his spokesman, Alli Ibraheem, on Wednesday, said the Government, traditional rulers and other stakeholders have heard the cries and frustration of the protesters.
For eight days, Nigerians across the country have come out en masse in protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS, who is notorious for police brutality, extortion and unlawful incarceration.
The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu has announced that the SARS unit has been disbanded and would be replaced with Special Weapon and Tactics team (SWAT)
However, the youths have continued with the protests saying they would not back down until the Government begins implementing the proposed reforms.
“It will not be good for Nigeria and protesters if their demonstration is hijacked by enemies of the nation,” the Oluwo said.
Recalling the attack on the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oladunni Oyewumi, Akanbi said it was sacrilegious to attack a palace as ancient as the Soun's.
"Yoruba moral values do not support such most especially when the monarch is not the primary object on the issue at hand.
“No morally upright Yoruba man will attack an ancient palace unjustly. There is no justification to attack Soun’s Palace on SARS matter when the royal father is not an actor on the matter. Morality should come to play. Soun is a respected royal father in Yorubaland. He should be consulted for royal intervention and not to be attacked. An attack on Soun is an attack on Traditional Institution.
“The culprits should go and beg Soun if they do not want to incur evil on themselves. It is totally condemnable”, his statement read.
Recall that on Saturday, October 10, 2020, angry youth invaded the Soun's palace to protest the death of Isiaka Jimoh who was shot during an #EndSars protest in Ogbomoso.
According to reports, the youth destroyed properties worth millions and injured some chiefs who were in a meeting with the monarch.
However, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved N100m for the renovation of the Palace.
Below is an excerpt of the Olowu's statement:
“I commend Nigerian youth for their tenacity. It is clear they have a voice. Their voice is heard. They are a reasonable force of reckon. And the government, has, in the interest of the nation, taken a drastic step for better, effective policing through the needed reform.
“I appeal to the protesters to go home. They have demanded the change of policy on policing and it is heard. It will not be good for Nigeria and protesters if their demonstration is hijacked by enemies of the nation.
“Nigerians should note that police is part of us. We can only condemn their weakness but should appreciate their work in protecting lives and properties. No one is perfect. While we do a critical appraisal of the Nigerian Police at this critical time, we should not forget their strength in protecting our lives and properties at risk of security threat. Just imagine the fate of a nation without a security outpost?”