Nigerian President General Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the advice of using Nigerian Army to suppress the Endsars peaceful protesters as it may possibly backfire if that approach is utilized.
The president said that using armed soldiers with directives to shoot at protesters should be the last decision if at all the army will be considered. It was reported that Takur Yusuf Buratai and some of his generals are increasingly furious that #EndSARS protesters have refused to stand down.
Buratai in a meeting requested the president’s permission to deploy soldiers to disperse protesters sought the president’s permission to deploy soldiers to disperse protesters and take over protest grounds in Lagos and Abuja,though a senior administration officer said Mr. Buhari fear that the protests could grow bigger if any attempt is made to use soldiers to violently suppress it.
“The president is wary of escalating the situation,” the source said. “He does not want this to backfire because there are many locations that protests are holding across the country.”
Chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari was amongst those who advised the president against troops deployment.
National security adviser Babagana Monguno did not take part in the meeting but a source said he would be briefed. The Gazette has yet to establish whether or not the NSA was briefed, and a telephone number for him did not immediately connect Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, the former governor of Ondo State Dr Olusegun Mimiko said that the demonstration of Nigerian youths is as the result of frustration requesting for restructuring of Nigeria.
“#EndSARS is youth frustration boiling over. It is an energetic assertion against an over centralized low capacity policing which emblematizes the polity. Let’s restructure, reform and rebirth A NATION THAT WORKS FOR ALL..while there is still time!”
#EndSARS is youth frustration boiling over. It is an energetic assertion against an over centralized low capacity policing which emblematizes the polity. Let’s restructure, reform and rebirth A NATION THAT WORKS FOR ALL..while there is still time!
— Dr Olusegun Mimiko (@Segunmimiko) October 15, 2020
I’m another development, the Nigerian Army reassured law abiding Nigerians that the army is loyal to the president and also pledged its commitment to supporting civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order. This was disseminated in a press release spread through Sagir Musa the acting Director Army Public Relations informing the soldiers not to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agent of disunity.