Acting National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Supo Shonibare yesterday appealed to #EndSARS protesters to sheathe their swords and give room for dialogue.
In a chat with Daily Trust, he said the protesters had “conducted themselves in an orderly, responsible manner,” saying it is time “to sheath their only weapon on display- which were placards and the fundamental right to protest, to allow for dialogue and a thorough Investigative Panel report on the action of the security forces all over the country.”
Shonibare condemned the shooting of protesters at Lekki tollgate last Tuesday, saying deploying soldiers was not the last thing after the state government imposed a curfew.
According to him, there is something sinister and insidious in the unfolding scenarios.
He stated that the protest was a reaction to “selfish successive rulership and abuse of office and subjugation of the essence of protecting and respecting the fundamental rights of citizens to life and property which has been neglected by successive governments.
“Our rulers have developed thick skin and began to feel cushioned from the fallout of failed government policies, once they are able to amass massive wealth and use part to purchase votes at election; and even when that fails, then outright rigging of results, thereby negating the covenant of a democratic culture.”