#EndSARS: Resist any protest, no matter how harmless – Presidential aide advises Lagos

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A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, has charged the “good people of Lagos” to resist any attempt to hold any protest in the state.

Ahmad, who is the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, made the appeal in a tweet on Saturday.

The presidential aide, who noted that the appeal was his personal opinion, said protests should not be accepted owing to the experience of the recent past.

Recall that the #EndSARS protests held in Lagos and other parts of the country between October 8 and 23, when Nigerian youths trooped out en masse to demand an end to police brutality.

However, hoodlums hijacked the protests after soldiers shot peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, October 20.

The hoodlums wreaked havoc on private properties and public institutions.

Some of the public buildings looted or set ablaze were the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA)’s office, Igbosere High Court, warehouse storing COVID-19 palliavites, police stations and many others.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu estimated that it would cost N1 trillion to replace damaged properties and infrastructure.

On Friday, he was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to present pictorial evidence of the destruction to President Muhammadu

Speaking on another planned protest in the state, Ahmad wrote, “Personal opinion, the good people of Lagos should not accept/welcome any protest in the State (under any guise).

“Many enemies of the State had taken advantage of the recent ‘harmless’ protest to carry out their cruelties. Best thing to do, help the State get healed first. #Peace!”

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