Last Updated on October 18, 2020 by Ope Quadri
- Tinubu says he supports freedom of Nigerians to peaceful protect
- …says Police brutality have on for too long
The National Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) Chief Bola Tinubu has denied a rumour that he was sponsoring EndSars protest across Nigeria.
“He could also not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labelled a target by the organizers.”
The former Lagos governor who also condemned Police brutality stated that he couldn’t have sponsored a protest that is affecting the Lagos and Nigeria’s economy.
He stated this in a statement issued by his spokesman Tunde Rahman on Saturday night, saying it’s impossible for the former governor to sponsor the protest in all the states where it has occurred.
He said, “There is a need to set the facts and record straight for fear that such a fake story may be taken on its face value by some unwary and gullible persons.
“Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government.
…says he support freedom of expression
The statement also noted that “whereas Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression, assembly, and protest where and when necessary, he has always canvassed the need for people to explore peaceful channels to ventilate their views and demands.
He noted that the #EndSARS protesters have made their demands, which the Federal Government is studying.
Police brutality has on for too long
The APC leader said he believes that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long and that security outfit ought to be disbanded as demanded by the protesters.
He advised the protesters to wait for the outcome of their demands and give rooms for dialogue.
“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence, he said.