Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has for the first time spoken about the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
Tinubu said no one who is committed to the rule of law and good governance would oppose the ongoing protest by Nigerian youths.
He noted that the protest was justified. Tinubu further commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying that the youths displayed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
Tinubu noted that the resistance by the youths against police brutality was reminiscent of the emancipation struggle against the colonial rule and military dictatorship, which gave birth to democracy.
He however urged the youths to to call of the protests and give President Muhammadu Buhari time to implement the reforms they had demanded.
Adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had “acted with commendable dispatch by not only scrapping SARS but also accepting the five-point demand that triggered the protests.”
The APC National Leader’s statement titled ‘#EndSARS protests – The remedy for national maladies is more, not less, democracy’, reads below in parts;
“It is impossible for anyone truly committed to the rule of law, democracy and good governance to be opposed to the concern and demands of the protesters. There is no way that any society can make meaningful progress without the enthronement of these values.
“The protesters have, for the better part of the commencement of their civil action, conducted themselves with an admirable sense of responsibility, restraint and maturity. This is commendable. Indeed, the high level of organisation demonstrated by the protesting youths shows a new level of consciousness of the capability of a vigilant civil society as well as the efficacy of people’s power. This can only ultimately strengthen the country’s democratic evolution and sustainability.”
He noted that Buhari had showed a laudable sensitivity to the grievances of the youths.
“It is only fair that government must be given the chance to implement the reforms demanded by the protesters. This can certainly not be done instantaneously by the waving of a magic wand. If government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that that there is a positive change by government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.”
He urged the youth not to throw away the considerable gains they had made within a very short period with “lack of moderation and strategic thinking”.
He noted that it was unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and criminals had begun to hijack the protests, adding that the intention of the organisers of the protest was not to cause anarchy or effect regime change. Tinubu added that if an impression of regime change was given, “then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.”
He further urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to see the protest as “an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and recommit itself to the values for which the party was formed through extraordinary hard work, dedication and commitment.”
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