- Yahaya Bello has branded the EndSARS protest as one organically motivated by politics of interest
- The Kogi state governor berated the protesters for not having a central leadership, saying there are "profiteers"
- Bello submitted that if the EndSARS demonstration was sincere, protesters should have vacated the streets after the "5for5 demand" was granted
Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, has declared that the demonstration against the brutality of the police, EndSARS, was politically motivated.
Speaking on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily on Tuesday morning, October 27, the governor berated the protesters for not having a central leadership, adding that political profiteers are benefiting from it.
Bello, who wondered why the protesters did not vacate the street after the federal government granted their "5for5" demand, described the EndSARS protest as "a ploy to set us against one another."
According to him, the protest started to lose focus and purpose when the demonstrators "began to shift goalpost", adding that the list is endless.
Bello, however, commended the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, and President Muhammadu Buhari “for a swift response to the demands of the youth”, noting that the government belongs to everyone.
“Let me tell you, what is happening today; so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not; I am saying it again and quote me anywhere, any day.
“Why would you demand for five items, 5for5 and granted, and refuse to take it? Which struggle, which agitation, which uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?
“The set up is by politicians who have hands in #EndSARS, who continue to shift the goal post when the demands were met, by those who continue to profiteer from it."
Meanwhile, Fulani cattle rearers association in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah, called on the federal government to treat the EndSARS protest with an iron fist, saying the demonstration is to "bring down" the government of President Buhari.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday Sun, national president of the association, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, said the protest, though justified, has lived off its time and expectation.
The Miyetti Allah president further noted that failure of the protesters to return home projected that "there is a hidden agenda in the protests." According to him, "a desperate politician in the southwest is behind this movement."
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