- Olusegun Obasanjo has sent a very timely message to President Muhammadu Buhari on the EndSARS protest
- The former Nigerian leader urged President Buhari to order soldiers to stop using force on peaceful protesters
- Obasanjo said that meaningful dialogue will not be possible if violence is used on protesters
Like many prominent Nigerians, a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has lent his voice on issues surrounding the ongoing EndSARS protest which has already turned violent in many parts of the country.
In his reaction to the turn of events on Wednesday, October 21, Obasanjo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop soldiers from shooting at protesters, Premium Times reports.
He urged the president to “restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis.”
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Obasanjo opines that dialogue that can lead to resolution of national issues will be impossible if terror and violence are unleashed on protesters.
Moreover, a report by Punch quoted the former president as saying:
“The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration. Instead, such actions only reinforce the anger and frustration of the populace and close the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution.
“It is clear that Mr President and his lieutenants did not exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to the use of force.”
He went on to say that at a critical time such as this, the president must act fast before it is too late for everyone.
“We are at a critical moment in this crisis and the president must act now before it is too late. This time demands leadership and mature leadership at such.”
Meanwhile, the presidency seemed to have taken another vital and positive step in the right direction.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, October 20, had a closed-door meeting with key personalities in the leadership of Nigeria's security hierarchy.
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