President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has stated that the protest against the brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS is no longer peaceful.
This is coming after Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, was attacked by hoodlums during #EndSARS protest.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this while speaking on NTA on Saturday.
Mohammed noted that the attack on Oyetola is a clear indication that the protests has been hijacked by hoodlums.
The Minister further stated that protesters might mean well, but they are no longer in control of the movement.
“Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy and that is why the Federal Government in the last 11 days has treated the protesters in a very civilised manner,” Mohammed said.
“But, if you look at what happened to the governor of Osun state,it has gone completely beyond peaceful protest against excesses and abuse of power by the police.”
“There is no where in the world where a government will folds its arms and allow the country to descend into anarchy.”
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians,” he said.
He noted that the protest which hinders workers from getting to their offices and back home is longer peaceful.
“We have nothing against peaceful protest but there are civilised ways of doing so,” he said.
“This is by going to a venue where you are not going to disturb other Nigerians because where your own right stops, other persons’ right begins,” he said.
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