- Ooni of Ife and former president Olusegun Obasanjo have sent a powerful solidarity message to the EndSARS protesters
- Obasanjo, in his remark, told President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate empathy as the "father of the youths"
- Ooni, on the other hand, commended the protesters for their huge sense of responsibility since the beginning of the protest
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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the nationwide protests by Nigerian youths is a product of diverse agitations demanding accountability and good governance in the country.
The former leader made this known on Monday, October 19, during his courtesy visit to Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan.
Obasanjo said the protest is not only about police brutality as many educated youths are frustrated due to lack of opportunities and jobs.
He, however, urged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to explore the windows of opportunities created by the protest and demonstrate that the federal government cares about the welfare of the youths.
Obasanjo, who noted that "over 65% of our population is under the age of 35," added that the president must show empathy as the "father of the youths."
The former leaders stated:
"Fortunately by experience, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youths know that he as a father understands their plight and his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”
On his own, Oba Ogunwusi urged the angry youths to stop their protest and allow the government to work on its promises.
However, the monarch who described himself as a leader of the youths commended the protesters for showing "leadership, accountability and a huge sense of responsibility."
The traditional ruler also maintained that the youths have what it takes to rule the country."
He also said:
Dear youth, it is time to retreat particularly to prevent those with ulterior motives from hijacking the peaceful message of peace."
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continue to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.
The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who noted that the protest has been hijacked, said the government will not watch and allow anarchy in Lagos state.
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