Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the ongoing End SARS protesters.
Tinubu in a statement said; “It is impossible for anyone truly committed to the rule of law, democracy and good governance to be opposed to the concern and demands of the protesters. There is no way that any society can make meaningful progress without the enthronement of these values.”
“The protesters have, for the better part of the commencement of their civil action, conducted themselves with an admirable sense of responsibility, restraint and maturity.”
“This is commendable. Indeed, the high level of organisation demonstrated by the protesting youths shows a new level of consciousness of the capability of a vigilant civil society as well as the efficacy of people’s power. This can only ultimately strengthen the country’s democratic evolution and sustainability.”
“It is only fair that government must be given the chance to implement the reforms demanded by the protesters. This can certainly not be done instantaneously by the waving of a magic wand.”
“If government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that that there is a positive change by government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.”
“The youths should be careful not to fritter away the considerable gains they had made within a very short period with “lack of moderation and strategic thinking”.
“It is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and assorted criminals have begun to take advantage of the protests to perpetrate violence and disrupt civil life. I believe the intention of the organisers of the protest is not to cause generalised anarchy or effect regime change.”
“If the youths gave the impression that their intention was to effect a change of regime, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.”
“APC must see the protest as an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and recommit itself to the values for which the party was formed through extraordinary hard work, dedication and commitment.”