The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has warned that the Federal Government will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests.
The Minister gave the warning on Saturday when he featured on a late night news programme “Weekend File” of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA),
Mohammed said Saturday’s alleged assassination attempt on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State, while addressing the protesters was a clear confirmation that the protests had been hijacked by hoodlums and people with ulterior agenda.
He stated that while the original conveners of the protests might have meant well, it was obvious that they were no longer in control of the initiative.
“Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy and that is why the Federal Government in the last 11 days has treated the protesters in a very civilised manner,” he said.
“But, if you look at what happened to the governor of Osun state,it has gone completely beyond peaceful protest against excesses and abuse of power by the police.
“There is no where in the world where a government will folds its arms and allow the country to descend into anarchy.
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians,” the minister added.
Mohammed held that the protests have gone beyond being peaceful as lives have been lost and innocent Nigerians, including workers and students, are passing through harrowing experiences.
“We have nothing against peaceful protest but there are civilised ways of doing so.
“This is by going to a venue where you are not going to disturb other Nigerians because where your own right stops, other persons’ right begins,” he said.