#ENDSARS: FG Sends Strong Warning To Pastors, Other Religious Leaders, Accuses Them Of Inciting Youths
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, has asked political, religious, traditional and opinion leaders to stop inciting #EndSARS protesters.
Mohammed gave the warning during a forum organised by NAN on Monday.
The protests, which have lasted for 12 days, have received international endorsement and support.
Although Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, disbanded the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) which triggered the protests, demonstrations are still ongoing in different parts of the country.
On Monday, some suspected hoodlums broke into Oko prison located on Benin-Sapele road centre in Benin, Edo state capital, setting several inmates free.
Hours later, the Ugbekun police station in Benin, was also set ablaze.
Several cases of violence have also been reported across the country.
Mohammed said given the turn of events, it would amount to anarchy if leaders nudge on the youth to continue with the protests.
He added that he was disappointed that some leaders were encouraging youths to remain on the streets even after government has promised to meet their demands.
“Leaders should stop instigating the protests because that could lead to anarchy,” Mohammed said.
“The protests are turning violent, unfortunately many of our leaders are fallen short of expectation.
“Rather than advise these youths, they have been instigating them and this is very disappointing.
“All leaders, opinion, religious, political, including traditional rulers, should be very careful in their interventions.
“They have the right to intervene and a lot of them have huge followership, but they should not incite; they should proffer solution not to complicate the matter on ground.
“They should emphasise that the protest is genuine and that the government has listened. They should let the youths know that everything the government has promised will be fulfilled.”
Mohammed said that the original conveners of #EndSARS had lost control of it while hoodlums and people with ulterior motive to destabilise the country had taken over the protest.
“We are talking of the very existence of the country because some people are using the genuine protest to seek an end to democracy and representative government,” he said.
“We are talking of a protest that has descended into orgy of violence, looting, killing and attempted assassination of a state governor.
“A protest that led to hoodlums taking over the whole city of Benin, releasing inmates and setting Police stations ablaze.
“This is not what any leader should support or instigate the youths to continue with.”
The minister appealed to the leadership of #EndSARS to put forward their demands and approach the governors whom he said are willing to dialogue with them.
Meanwhile, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, has said that the Nigerian economy has lost over N700 billion since the #EndSARS protests started 12 days ago.
Mrs Toki Mabogunje, the LCCI President made this known in the review of the economic implications of the protest in a statement made available to the Press.
According to her, while the LCCI appreciates the value of citizens’ engagement and the demand for accountability which the protest represents, the negative impact on the economy is far too dire.
In her words, “These are in consonance with democratic norms. They also form vital ingredients for good governance.
LCCI is however concerned about the negative impact that the protracted nature of the EndSars protests has on business activities across the country.
“Over the past twelve days, economic activities have been crippled in most parts of the country and has been particularly profound in the urban areas.
“The Nigerian economy has suffered an estimated seven hundred billion naira (N700 billion) loss in the past twelve days.”
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