A leading member of the #EndSARS movement, Raphael Adebayo, has told the government to prepare for more protests by the coalition because the demands of Nigerians had not been met.
The activist said the deployment of policemen and soldiers to prevent the protest from holding in Lagos would not discourage the campaigners.
Adebayo stated, “After massacring peaceful protesters in Lekki, General Buhari should know that deploying soldiers is the least of his worries. The issues that brought the youth out in the first place have not been addressed.
“The police have shown Nigerians that the state judicial panels are merely window-dressing the sufferings of the victims of police brutality. The government should prepare for more protests because as far as the #EndSARS protesters are concerned, there is no alternative to justice.”
Aisha Yesufu another #EndSARS campaigner has lampooned the President for acting like a dictator, noting that he had failed to protect Nigerians and should be more concerned with that.
She also knocked Buhari for not addressing the nation against the backdrop of the killing of over 78 rice farmers by insurgents in Borno State.
“The President is a man who watches his people being killed and he does nothing. Seventy-eight farmers were killed and Buhari could not address the nation. Sadly, the head of the terrorist group has addressed the nation and that should concern Nigerians,” Yesufu stated.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello appealed to Nigerian youths not to embark on another round of #EndSARS protests, saying such a move would be premature, dangerous, and counter-productive.
According to him, there was an urgent need for all relevant stakeholders to take steps that would ensure the country does not witness another round of #EndSARS protests.
He said the country was yet to recover from the impact of the last #EndSARS protests which were hijacked by hoodlums to unleash mayhem.
According to him, another round of protests will worsen the already precarious security situation and economic recession currently bedeviling the country.
He said: “I deem another round of #EndSARS protests to be premature and counter-productive at this time.
“Apart from the higher likelihood of conflict with the police, we must also admit that the security situation in the country is very precarious at the moment.
“All patriots must, therefore, make conscious efforts not to degrade a parlous security situation further.
“Nationwide protests at this time will only overburden the load-bearing capabilities of our security architecture, increasing the likelihood of total collapse.
“No matter the narrative, I doubt that out-of-control anarchy is an objective of the #EndSARS protests.
“It is also true that we live in an economy that is bleeding badly right now. Traditional responses to COVID-19 has hurt, not just Nigeria, but all other countries of the world. Many have fallen into recession.
“Another nationwide protest will worsen the multidimensional poverty indices all over our country and work greater hardship on the ordinary Nigerians we claim to be advocating for.”
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari said citizens are at liberty to freely express themselves in a democracy but warned that he would not tolerate any act of hooliganism.