- The federal government has said the ongoing protest against police brutality has been hijacked
- According to Lai Mohammed, people with an ulterior motive are using the protest to destabilise the administration
- The minister also noted that the demands of the protesters have been met by the government
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The Nigerian government on Sunday, October 19, stated that the protests against operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been hijacked to destabilise President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
The Nation citing News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as its source noted that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture said the protests were hijacked by hoodlums and people with ulterior motives.
Mohammed who made the disclosure when he featured on a Radio Nigeria programme said the federal government had met the demands of the group and has already begun implementing them.
The minister went on to note that it was absurd that protesters were still on the streets causing mayhem after their demands had been met.
“When you look at the demands of the #EndSARS and the decisions of the Federal Government, it is clear that there is no single demand of the group that has not been met.
“Therefore, one will begin to ask if there is an ulterior motive because what we have witnessed in the last few days is that they have moved their demands from five to seven."
According to him, the protesters have now moved on from their five demands to asking for review of petrol price, national assembly salaries, and allowances, electricity tariff among others.
"Then you begin to ask yourself what exactly is the motive of the protests and who are those behind them."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government issued a strong warning to protesters following the on-going protests against the activities of the operatives of the disbanded SARS.
The FG said it would not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests.
The minister of information and culture stated this on Saturday, October 17, when he featured on a late-night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File.”
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly had a closed-door meeting.
This was disclosed in a tweet by Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad on Sunday, October 18.
According to Ahmad, the president met with Senate president Ahmad Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the ongoing #EndPoliceBrutality protests.
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