Former Minister of Aviation in Nigeria, Femi Fani-Kayode, has warned the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, not to deploy troops against the #EndSARS protesters.
He said any attempt to do such may turn the #EndSARS movement into #EndNigeria campaign, adding that no force will be able to resist or stop it.
In a post on his Facebook page on Sunday, 18th of October 2020, Fani-Kayode said that Nigerians had the constitutional right to protest against bad leadership without fear of intimidation and therefore government must not attack them.
He said, “We will not wait before more blood is shed before we speak and before we send out this warning.
“We will not wait until there is another mindless and needless massacre and massive shedding of innocent blood by our security forces before we shout out.
“We say this today, we say it without fear or favour and we say it for everyone, both friend and foe, to hear loudly and clearly: the determination to use brute force and to kill innocent young men and women in an attempt to crush this protest comes with a very heavy price tag and butchers bill.
“The plan to deploy soldiers in our streets and to slaughter # EndSARS protesters in the same way that the Shiite Muslims and IPOB youths were once slaughtered by the military and security forces will be Lt. General Tukur Burutai and President Muhammadu Buhari’s biggest mistake and gravest error.
“This must never happen and if it is true that they are seriously contemplating it then they should reconsider and think again!
“If for any reason whatsoever, they go ahead, it will turn the #EndSARS movement into the #EndNigeria movement and no force or power in hell or on earth will be able to resist or stop it.
“We warn again: do not unleash the dogs of war and demons of hell on these protestors.
“The consequences of going ahead and doing so, amongst much else, will be that you will end up in the International Court of Criminal Justice and be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and genocide in the not too distant future.
“These young men and women are fighting for their future: they cannot and will not be intimidated. The threat of mass murder or genocide or its actualisation will not stop them: rather it will embolden them and turn them into martyrs for democracy.”
The ongoing protests are clearly a strong message not only to the current government but to the entire political class in Nigeria.
The relentlessness of the young people is uncommon. Demonstrations like these rarely last for more than three days but these ones appear to be gathering momentum.
As well as calling for an end to bad governance and poor economic conditions, some protesters are also beginning to demand more action from the government to tackle widespread insecurity in the north of the country, where armed criminal gangs carry out deadly attacks and kidnap people for ransom.
The government’s response to some of the demands of the protesters has been unprecedented too.
It has pledged to disband Sars, set up of panels to investigate and prosecute erring police officers and promised wider police reforms.
Another rare gesture is the public apology by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who admitted that the government had not acted fast enough to address young people’s concerns.
But the protesters remain unsatisfied, saying they need more action. It is obvious that Nigerian officials are nervous about the ongoing protests and are deliberating how to handle them before they get out of hand.
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THIS WILL SHOCK YOU! See Why The Governor & Ministers In South Sudan Work Under Trees
Sometime in 2018, a picture of a South Sudanese governor working under a tree was widely shared on social media. The Gok state governor, Madhang Majok Meen was seen seated outdoors behind a plastic table, which had a plaque bearing his name.
Writing materials, office stamp and table nametag flanked by two flags were also seen on the table. People subsequently began wondering how and why a state official should be working under a tree without an office, with others casting doubts over the picture.
But authorities in Gok have since come out to confirm that the state governor is indeed working under a tree.
“We are all operating under the trees – the governor and the ministers,” the state’s Information Minister John Madol Panther told local media Eye Radio. “We don’t have offices completely but we are now constructing (offices).”
According to him, state ministers are forced to “walk on foot to work” as there are no vehicles. “Sometimes it is difficult when it rains,” Mr Meen added. In 2015, President Salva Kiir dissolved the country’s 10 regional states and made 28 new ones. Gok is one of the newly formed state.