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The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, on Monday said that the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the youths protesting against 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.
The highly referred monarch said that, one thing that is significant about the protests was the way and manner the youths have behaved during the protests, they were waving the Nigeria flag, singing the national anthem.
Alaafin stressed that the ordering of the military by the authority to use life bullets against the youths, which eventually led to killing of some of them snowballed into destruction of properties as witnessed in Lagos State and some other affected States across the nation.
Alaafin further said that the traditional institution has little role to play on the matter at hand, he said, your Excellency we can’t play a major role on the matter at hand, the State and Federal Government were not listening to the agitations of these children when they were calling on all of us, and that has resulted to what we have witnessed.
“So calling all of us together to talk to them, to calm them down is not really our duty, but I can assure you that we will do our best, I think the government are not calling for the reoccurrence of such sad incident, because I see it as a duty’s of our government at all levels to speak and listen to those children so as to provide proper implementation of their agitations.
“Your Excellency, I will put my thoughts, suggestions and reactions on papers and forward them to you for proper documentation, so that the government can make good use of them.
“You know me as a historian, and as a story teller, this similar situations has happened both in South Africa during the apperted and in China, where the innocent protesters were been killed, the people of China never had it good since what has happened to them since then.
Alaafin said, the government at all levels must listen to those youths, and also calm them down, because the refusal of the government to listen to those children and address them led to the persistent of the protests, which resulted to the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting, that killed many of them, and this also led to the destruction of properties that happened almost across the nation.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi also added that the Oyo State is very lucky to have the likes of Governor Makinde as the Governor of the State, he noted that his timely addressed and solidarity with the protesters led to the minimal loss of properties in the State, if not, Oyo also will have recorded massive loss of lives and properties.
Alaafin stressed further that the State from time immemorial have been known for the leaders who always listen to the youths and that is why the state is always refers to as the Pace Setter State.
The State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde however, announced the State decisions to cushion the effect of the people that were affected by the protests.
The State Governor, announced the sum of Five Hundred Million naira for the victims of the various Police injustice and also the victims of ENDSARS protests.
Also at the stakeholders meeting with the State Governor, are the traditional institution in the State, led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Olubadan of Ibadanland Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi Oladunni, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdul Ganiyu Salau Adekunle, the State CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, the Aare Musulumi of Yourbaland, Edo, and Delta States, Alhaji Daud Akinola, the caretaker chairmen of the Local Government Areas in the State and others.