Bola Tinubu opens up on alleged sponsorship of #EndSARS protests
The spokesperson of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tunde Rahman has stated that it is incorrect to say his principal is among the sponsors of the #EndSARS protest.
This was contained in a statement released on Saturday by the media aide of the former Governor of Lagos state, Rahman.
Rahman stated that his principal could not have sponsored a protest that is affecting the economy of Lagos state.
He added that it is impossible for the APC chieftain to sponsor the protest in all the states where it has occurred.
According to Rahman, there is a need to set the facts and record straight for fear that such a fake story may be taken on its face value by some unwary and gullible persons.
Rahman stressed that Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government.
While explaining why Tinubu could not have sponsored such protest, Rahman said the APC national leader has also been labeled a target by the organisers.
“Secondly, whereas Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression, assembly, and protest where and when necessary, he has always canvassed the need for people to explore peaceful channels to ventilate their views and demands.
“He believes the #EndSARS protesters have made their demands, which the Federal Government is studying. Like most Nigerians, Asiwaju believes that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long and that security outfit ought to be disbanded as demanded by the protesters.
Rahman added that the time to wait and exercise restraint for dialogue and reform by the youths is now.
“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence. It is therefore the height of illogicality to ascribe the sponsorship of the protest to Asiwaju. The sponsors of this fake news forget that the protest is so widespread and cuts across the country.”