Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has backed the #EndSARS protest calling for an end to Police brutality in Nigeria.
He made this known in a statement on Saturday released by his media aide, Tunde Rahman.
Tinubu stated that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long.
The former Lagos state governor, however, denied sponsoring the protest rocking most state across Nigeria.
He stated that he could not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labelled a target by the organizers.
Bola Tinubu stated that despite the protest being peaceful it was affecting the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
The statement reads: “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 said.
“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.
He could also not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labelled a target by the organizers.
“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.
“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.”