Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, has written President Muhammadu Buhari, warning in opposition to using army pressure in opposition to protesters throughout the nation.
That is regardless of the Nigerian Military saying that its introduced plans to kick off ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ throughout the 36 states of the nation was not due to the continuing protests.
The protests calling for scrapping of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, and whole overhauling of the police have endured for over two weeks now.
In a letter to President Buhari on Sunday, Adams mentioned as an alternative of deploying troopers in opposition to peaceable protesters, the President ought to hearken to the individuals to not solely reform, however remodel the police.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo referred to as for the creation of State Police whereas condemning all manners of violence whether or not from the protesters or the federal government.
He mentioned it was unimaginable that troopers could possibly be referred to as upon to cease road protests whereas they’re programmed to struggle exterior aggression and reminded the federal government that utilizing army pressure to quell protests by civilians had already been declared unlawful by a Federal Excessive Courtroom in July 2020.
He mentioned, “It’s flawed to offer the impression that Nigeria is at battle with its residents. We should do all the things to advertise and defend democratic tradition.
“I condemn violence in all varieties. I strongly condemn the actions of some safety operatives that murdered the protesters.
“The checklist obtainable to me reveals 20 individuals have been killed throughout the nation. I additionally condemn in probably the most profound method the killing of any protester or the killing of any safety official related to the protests.
He mentioned that violence will do no good because it seeks vengeance and creates wounds which scars by no means heal.
In keeping with Adams, violence will diminish essential pondering, undermines democracy and destroys the noble intention of the protesters, including that it additionally questions the standard of these behind the protests.
He warned that the federal government should not undertake violence as a response to violence, insisting that it isn’t an choice.
“I noticed clips of the assault on the convoy of the Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Gboyega Oyetola. That is detasteful. In the identical method I condemn the violent assaults on the convoy of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi. It’s unlucky that the incidence in Osun led to avoidable deaths.
“The police shouldn’t simply be reformed, it needs to be reworked. That is the time so that you can work with the Nationwide Meeting to determine State and group policing system in keeping with the basic rules of federalism. You might have a golden alternative to do that. Go forward and take the bull by the horn and save Nigeria from the potential of horrendous evil of a garrison state,” he acknowledged.