The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to not use troopers to forcefully cease the #EndSARS protests that had gripped greater than 20 states in Nigeria.
On Saturday, the Nigerian Military introduced plans to kick off ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ amid the continuing protests.
In a letter to President Buhari on Sunday, Adams mentioned he couldn’t think about troopers being despatched to cease avenue protests, including that the navy was programmed to battle exterior aggression and never peaceable demonstators.
He added that utilizing troopers to quell protests by civilians had already been declared unlawful by a Federal Excessive Courtroom in July 2020.
Adams mentioned, “I can’t think about troopers being despatched to cease protests. Troopers are to battle exterior aggression. We’re coping with peaceable protesters. It’s improper to provide the impression that Nigeria is at battle with its residents. We should do every thing to advertise and defend democratic tradition.
“I condemn violence in all varieties. I strongly condemn the actions of some safety operatives that murdered the protesters. The checklist out there to me exhibits 20 folks have been killed throughout the nation. I additionally condemn in probably the most profound method the killing of any protester or the killing of any safety official related to the protests.
“The protests have been largely peaceable. The resort to violence by a bit of the protesters is condemnable. It’s uncalled for. Violence seeks veangace and creates wounds which scars by no means heal. Violence diminishes crucial pondering, undermines democracy and destroys any noble intention of the protesters. It additionally questions the standard of these behind the protests. However, adoption of a violent response by the state ought to by no means be thought of an possibility.
“I noticed clips of the assault on the convoy of the Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Gboyega Oyetola. That is detasteful. In the identical method I condemn the violent assaults on the convoy of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi. It is unlucky that the incidence in Osun led to avoidable deaths.
“The police mustn’t simply be reformed, it must be reworked. That is the time so that you can work with the Nationwide Meeting to determine state and neighborhood policing system in step with the basic rules of federalism. You will have a golden alternative to do that. Go forward and take the bull by the horn and save Nigeria from the potential of horrendous evil of a garrison state.”