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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed disappointment in some political, religious, traditional and opinion leaders whom he accused of inciting #EndSARS protesters by openly endorsing them.
“Leaders should stop instigating the protests because that could lead to anarchy,” Mohammed said.
The minister was reacting during a forum organized by NAN on Monday.
The protests, which have lasted for 12 days, have received international endorsement and support, even Nigerians in the diaspora are not left out as several protests have been staged in different countries including the United States, Canada. Australia and others.
Although Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, disbanded the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) which triggered the protests, demonstrations are still ongoing in different parts of the country.
Adamu, in place of SARS created SWAT, a development that angered the youth the more. The youths are calling for a total reform and overhaul of the police sector and other sectors of the economy and not just for a change of name.
Since the protest started across the country, there have been recorded cases of violence and death of some protesters after they were attacked by hoodlums who hijacked the protest to perpetrate mayhem.
On Monday, some suspected hoodlums broke into two prisons in Benin, Edo state capital, setting several inmates free. Hours later, the Ugbekun police station in Benin, was also set ablaze.
Mohammed reiterating on the need for the youths to back out from the protest said the turn of event over time would amount to anarchy if leaders nudge on the youth to continue with the protests.
He expressed dismay that some leaders who were supposed to engage the youths in constructive dialogue were encouraging them to remain on the streets even after the government has promised to meet their demands.
“Leaders should stop instigating the protests because that could lead to anarchy,” he stated.