Tinubu says the youths have made their point and should now back-off the roads.⁣


Former Governor of Lagos State and APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has appealed to young Nigerians who have been protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings, not to give off the impression that they want to change the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.⁣
The protesters have blocked major and strategic roads across the country for 13 days; and their numbers have swelled as the protests have worn on.⁣

There have also been clashes between the protesters and police personnel; with hoodlums seizing on the road blockades to attack commuters and protesters alike.⁣

Tinubu, who is the national leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), says the protesters will do well not to fritter goodwill by preventing other road users from going about their normal businesses.⁣

“If government had not implemented promised reforms in the past, the swiftness with which it has responded to the demands of the protesters this time around shows that there is a positive change by government both of attitude and of a new sense of urgency.⁣

“The protesters have made considerable gains within a very short period. But they should also be careful not to fritter away such gains due to lack of moderation and strategic thinking.⁣

“For instance, it is unfortunate that hoodlums, thugs and assorted criminals have seized on the protests to perpetrate violence, disrupt civil life and harass, intimidate and assault innocent persons going about their lawful business,” Tinubu said.⁣

He added that; “the intent of the organizers of the protests is to achieve stated objectives on police reform, which the government has in principle accepted. It can certainly not be their motive to cause generalized anarchy or effect regime change.⁣

“If they give the impression that that is their goal, then any government will necessarily have to act with the requisite decisiveness and force to restore law and order and preserve constitutional rule.