The Federal Government on Saturday warned that it will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the ongoing #EndSARS protests across Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known on Saturday when he featured on a late-night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File” monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
During the programme entitled, “EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward,” Mohammed said Saturday’s assassination attempt on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State while addressing the protesters was a clear confirmation that the protests had been hijacked by hoodlums and people with ulterior agenda.
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The minister noted that while the original conveners of the protests might have meant well, it was obvious that they were no longer in control of the initiative.
“Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy and that is why the Federal Government in the last 11 days has treated the protesters in a very civilised manner.
“But, if you look at what happened to the governor of Osun State, it has gone completely beyond peaceful protest against excesses and abuse of power by the police.
“There is nowhere in the world where a government will fold its arms and allow the country to descend into anarchy.
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians,” he said.