EndSARS promoters must be held accountable – Festus Keyamo
“Those who led the nationwide protests calling for radical police reform with the hashtag #EndSARS should be held accountable,” says Festus Keimo.
This was announced today by Mr. Keiamo, the young Minister of Labor and Employment, speaking in the Peoples Gazette about the recent blockade of the US capital.
Supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on Wednesday invaded parliament in an attempt to thwart Joe Biden’s assertion as the next foreign leader.
While the hijackers were arrested by the police, Mr Trump’s social media accounts were disabled after he posted messages suggesting he was supportive of their actions.
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have said they have banned Trump from using their platforms beyond the choice of words that incite him to the latter.
According to the deputy minister, the development has resumed the decision of the administration of President Muhammad Bukhari to control freedom of speech in the country.
He also said the administration would not abandon its pursuit of the shooters of the now-paused protest, which ended abruptly after military personnel rushed at peaceful protesters and opened live ammunition in Lekki, Lagos, on October 20.
The protests, which began peacefully in some cities, escalated to violence after alleged state-funded thugs were unleashed against the peaceful assembly. The government viewed the protest as an attempt to remove him from power.
“What happened, caused #EndSARS and cost the country billions of destruction and human lives, was based on sheer lies,” Keimo told online media, but did not highlight the lie.
“In America, they are punishing those who attacked the Capitol, and the one who provoked them. But here in Nigeria, we urge those who incited the #EndSARS protesters to kill and maim so many people to be released. This will not happen, ”he added.
Having warned those who incite hatred in the country to abstain further, the minister said that what was handed out to the US president was in his favor.
“There is always a fine line between free speech and irresponsible and dangerous speech of hatred. “Donald Trump was limited because he lied and incited hatred,” he calculated.
“Don’t make unfounded claims in Nigeria. If you do, be prepared to defend yourself and face the consequences, ”he added.