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OONI OF IFE OFFERS TO MEDIATE BETWEEN YOUTHS AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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. CONDEMNS ATTACK ON #ENDSARS PROTESTERS

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has offered to lead a team of traditional rulers in Nigeria to mediate between the Federal Government and organisers of the #EndSARS protests, saying the killings of unarmed young protesters at Lekki toll gate is disheartening and regrettable.

A statement issued by his Media aide, Moses Olafare stated that the monarch said while government decision to protect public facility is necessary but ought not to deploy soldiers to unarmed protesters untill grievances have been exhausted.

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He said such preemptive strikes can only worsen an already combustible situation, while stressing that more patience and dialogue is needed to bring both parties to the table to set timelines for the implementation of the demands of the movement.

“Tension has risen on both sides.It is time to calm down and allow traditional rulers, as fathers of the Nation to lead the way to peace and restoration of trust. We must find amicable solutions even though this Lekki Toll Gate attack, has regrettably eroded the trust needed to establish dialogue and ensure a civic process for resolving the crises. We must not be tired.

“Our political leadership must immediately investigate the circumstances that led to the avoidable confrontation and consequent loss of lives with a view to swiftly fishing out the unlawful attackers who must be made to face the law.

“We need to manage the process of listening to them and working with them to jointly arrive at the new Nigeria of our collective dreams, a dream that President Muhammadu Buhari has recognised as a statesman and our president.

“There is no doubt the exploitation of the protests by criminals attacking prisons, police stations and public facilities put the government on the edge and might have led to the military option but it is important to separate hoodlums committing these heinous crimes from protesters gathered in a specific location to draw attention to their legitimate demands.

“There is a clear difference between the criminal hoodlums who have begun to hijack the hitherto peaceful protests and the patriotic Nigerian youths who were daily converging at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos and selected locations in other states including Abuja FCT in line with global best practices of protest gathering.

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