The Federal Authorities has mentioned that the continuing nationwide protest is now not peaceable, warning that it’ll not fold its palms and permit the nation to be thrown into anarchy.
That is following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests in some components of the nation, particularly the assault on Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Saturday.
Lai Mohammed, the minister of Info and Tradition, gave the warning on Saturday when he featured on a late night time Nigeria Tv Authority (NTA) information programme, “Weekend File”.
He mentioned the assassination try on Oyetola was a transparent affirmation that the protests had been hijacked by hoodlums and other people with ulterior agenda.
In line with Mohammed, the unique conveners of the #EndSARS protests might need meant effectively, however are now not answerable for the motion.
“Peaceable protest is an integral a part of democracy and that’s the reason the Federal Authorities within the final 11 days has handled the protesters in a really civilised method,” Mohammed mentioned.
“However, for those who take a look at what occurred to the governor of Osun state,it has gone fully past peaceable protest in opposition to excesses and abuse of energy by the police.
“There isn’t a the place on the planet the place a authorities will folds its arms and permit the nation to descend into anarchy.
“We’re now not coping with #EndSARS however a risky state of affairs that may result in anarchy if authorities doesn’t take some very agency steps to guard the lives and livelihood of harmless Nigerians,” he mentioned.
Mohammed mentioned a protest the place protesters at the moment are blocking the roads and freeway, can’t be mentioned to be peaceable as a result of employees are discovering it troublesome to get to their workplaces and again residence whereas many Nigerians are stranded on the roads.
“We now have nothing in opposition to peaceable protest however there are civilised methods of doing so,” he mentioned.
“That is by going to a venue the place you aren’t going to disturb different Nigerians as a result of the place your personal proper stops, different individuals’ proper begins,” he mentioned.