OBA KABIR ADEWALE SHOTOBI: APPEAL FOR CALM, LET’S ALLOW PEACE TO REIGN IN OUR DEAR STATE ~ INN Nigeria
My dear Youths of Lagos State, I join my voice with that of our Governor Babajide Sanwoolu and the Deputy Governor Dr Obafemi Hamzat in appealing to you all to listen to the passionate appeal of we your parents to allow peace to reign in our dear State.
Most of us were solidly behind you, praying fervently for you when the #End SARS protests started and was very peaceful.
We realised the fact that but for the unfortunate incident of the sporadic shooting by some overzealous military men at the Lekki Toll Gate on that Tuesday evening 20th October, there would not have been any reported case of arson, destruction of properties and killing of people particularly policemen, that means, the protest would have been peaceful all through.
Even at that, we are not unaware of the fact that, the said negative developments of the protests, were perpetrated by hoodlums and miscreants parading themselves as genuine protesters.
It is in this connection that I want to APPEAL PASSIONATELY to you all our Youths, to please disengage immediately from any further protest, as those miscreants and hoodlums will continue to perpetrate evil deeds in the name of #End SARS protests.
My heart bled profusely, when I saw on video recordings, the massive destruction and burning of infrastructures that were not even sufficient to meet up with the rate of our development in the State as well as looting and burning of Government and private properties including individual citizens businesses being looted and brought down, not to talk about the sacrilegious entry into the palace and outright stealing of the personal property of our revered Father and Monarch, Kabiyesi Rilwan Akiolu the Oba of Lagos.
Our Governor is on the same page with the Youths on the genuine protests to ensure peace and stability in our dear State and will surely implement all those policies he announced to ensure justice for victims of one form of injustice or the other during and after the protests.
I also wish to appeal to parents to counsel their children and wards, and ensure that they are fully engaged in positive undertakings as well as transparent productive ventures that will move our State forward.
The transformation agenda of the #endsars protesters has been made clear and loud. The Federal and State Governments have accepted the agenda #5for 5. On my part, I pledge to engage the more our youth and youth associations in Ikorodu Division for meaningful and result oriented activities going forward. And I will be ready to transmit your demands to appropriate agencies and government at all time.
I also want to use this forum to counsel and encourage you all to remember that our Division was noted for positive developments, and first class Social status after hard work and productivity, but the recent negative developments by some sections of the Youths in this Division calls for change of heart and attitudes.
Our ancestors will not be happy in their graves if we continue to drag the name of our Division in the mud.
I therefore, appeal to you all to henceforth desist from activities that will drag our Community and Division into the bad book of the people and Government.
I pray that Almighty Allah will intervene into the present situation and restore everlasting peace to our dear State and Nation.
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