#EndSARS: Lagosians ask Sanwo-Olu to put off planned peace walk

Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu have been advised by some eminent Lagos State indigenes to hold off the proposed peace walk slated for this month.

As contained in statement endorsed by their spokesman, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, yesterday, the elders, who operate under the aegis of Prominent Lagos State Indigenes, cautioned that it would be risky to undertake such activity with the unstable economic and security condition in the country, especially Lagos.

They conveyed the fear that it might be a chance for the enemy of Lagos to provoke chaos with the proposed peace walk.

“We are in perilous times, most Lagosians are very angry and hungry. There is acute poverty in the land and the atmosphere is very charged and tense. The peace walk may trigger violent reactions. Let hungry sleeping dogs lie. Not at this period when most Lagosians are looking for how to put one square meal on the table and how to celebrate the Christmas season,” the statement read.

While denouncing the state government’s white paper on the #EndSARS panel report, the group advised the governor to apologise to Lagosians for the many unarmed young protesters that were allegedly mowed down in their prime.

Likewise, a coalition of civil society organisations, Defend Lagos, has warned that any attempt to sabotage the economic activities of Lagos State through the narrative of #LekkiMassacre would be resisted.

Yesterday, the group said it was tragic that the good intentions behind the 2020 #EndSARS protests were demolished when hoodlums seized the process to raze significant monuments, lives and even various security posts in the country, especially in Lagos State.

This was included in a statement signed by leaders of Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), Nelson Ekujumi; Activists For Good Governance, Declan Ihekaire; Centre Against Injustice and Domestic Violence (CAIDOV), Gbenga Soloki; Coalition of Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG), Dayo Ogunlana and Grassroots Democratic Initiative, Razaq Obasola, among others.
They commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for the spirit of statesmanship displayed in reaching out to some of the leaders of the #EndSARS Protest Movement during his broadcast on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu

Furthermore, the group appealed to the governor to rally the Presidency, National Economic Council (NEC), All Progressive Congress (APC) legislators, Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of Police amongst others to push for crucial reforms in the police force.

Those bandying the massacre narrative have a hidden agenda, and time will expose the truth, they said.

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