Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has condemned in strong terms, yesterday’s attack on the Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola by #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the State Capital.
Aside describing the attack as unwarranted, misdirected and repulsive, Governor Akeredolu bemoaned the act even as he posited that the genuine movement was already being hijacked by politicians to visit their frustrations on perceived opponents.
He noted that undoubtedly, the #EndSARS movement had a popular and receptive attitude to it by majority of Nigerians, including policy makers, who have seen in it as an opportunity to deepen concern and redirect efforts towards veritable reforms aimed at achieving positive results.
Akeredolu however emphasised that the desirability or otherwise of the movement appears to have come under a curious integrity test following the misdirected anger visited on Governor Oyetola.
In a statement by Akeredolu’s Senior Special Assistant On Media and Publicity Ojo Oyewamide the Governor said the action of the supposed protesters is a clear act of terrorism under the guise of a civil and peaceful protest that has been hijacked by criminals and hoodlums hired by politicians.
The statement added that it is pertinent for the organisers to rein in stakeholders involved in the #EndSARS protests so as to stratify between those with genuine, altruistic desires for reforms, and elements who have offered themselves as mercenaries to unleash mayhem on innocent people.
Governor Akeredolu called on youths to hold firm their belief in the Nigerian Project and press for whatever is desirable to make it work, but admonished them not to be useful tools in the hands of unscrupulous politicians at this trying period.