- Femi Adesina has eulogised his principal for maintaining patience, restraint and reticence in the handling of the EndSARS protest
- The presidential aide stated that "Nigeria could have turned crimson" had President Muhammadu Buhari not handled the protest with patience
- Adesina, who described Buhari as a father, also noted that the protest was misdirected before it was eventually hijacked
Femi Adesina, a senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has commended his principal's fatherly role in handling the EndSARS protest, saying thing would have degenerated into anarchy had he (Buhari) not exercised restraint and tolerance.
Speaking through his Thursday, November 12 article titled “We Have Not Many Fathers", Adesina attributed the relative calm being enjoyed after the protest to Buhari's patience.
The presidential aide noted that the country has “many tutors, many instructors, but not many fathers" and added that Buhari is one of the country's fathers.
Adesina said when the EndSARS protest was "prolonged and eventually hijacked and misdirected", the president was not angered but rather gave the security operatives the directives to deal with the issue with a prudent force.
“The rivers of Nigeria could have turned crimson, and mourning and lamentations would have suffused the land. But we are thankful for the father in President Buhari, patient and enduring, almost to a fault.”
Meanwhile, the government of the United Kingdom has finally responded to the petition by Nigerians seeking a commonwealth sanction on some political leaders during the EndSARS protest.
It would be recalled that during the nationwide demonstration which was demanding good governance and an end to police brutality, a petition with 219,665 signatures was forwarded to the UK seeking that some top officials in government be sanctioned.
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The disgruntled Nigerians told the UK government to invoke policy that allows it to sanction anyone that has no respect for human rights around the world on some top political officeholders.
But in a reply, the UK parliament said it is concerned about the security of Nigerians and the wanton destruction that later marred the protest in Lagos and other states.
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