Ibadan – His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi the Alaafin of Oyo, on Monday confirmed that the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the youths that protested against the police brutality led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties recorded after the protests.
Alaafin, speaking on Monday, during the stakeholders meeting that was held at the House of Cheifs, the Parliament Building Agodi Secretariat Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, stressed that, if the President Muhammadu Buhari had addressed the protesters at the appropriate time, the situation will not have gone out of hand.
The meeting which was purposely organised by the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde to discuss on the way forward on the demands of the END SARS protesters had in attendance the Governor himself, his Deputy, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Leye Oyebade, the State Commissioner for Police, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, the Garrison Commander of the Two Division of the Nigeria Army, Barrister General. Soji Ogunsugba.
Alaafin, in his speech, said, what we have witnessed today is the beginning of a phenomenal, it is the failure of the authority to rise to the occasion that led to the loss of lives and destructions of properties that we witnessed aftermath of the ENDSARS protests.
Alaafin stressed that the youths have been denied of their rights, the peaceful protest of the youths have showed us the elders what we are lacking, they showed us through the protests that they are well organized, they have shown us comportment, they organized the protests to the amazement of all of us.