Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has revealed that the EndSARS protests have been fueled by political interests going into the 2023 elections.
The Governor made this assertion during an interview with Channels TV on the morning of Tuesday, October 27.
According to him; ”What is happening today, the so-called ENDSARS, is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it again and quote me anyday.
Why would you demand for five items and you are granted and have refused to take it. Which struggle or agitation or uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership.”
He was asked whether he does not agree with the ongoing protests and this was his reponse;
”100% I agree but if you look at what is happening today, then you would have no other option than to classify it as politically motivated. This is a ploy to set we the youths of this nation against each other”
For the assertion that the protests were politically motivated, Mr. Yahaya was asked to name the politicians that were involved and this is what he had to say.
”By those who set them up. By the politicians who have hands in End SARS. By those who continue to shift the goalpost when the demands were met. By those those who continue to profiteer from it”
” You asked for End SARS. Remember, not everybody believes in ending the SARS. Even if you say SARS are wrong in doing one thing or the other, the best way to have agitated was to simply ask for the reform or the total security overhaul.
In the military, in the air force, in the Navy, even civil defence, there are bad eggs. Do we end those security outfits? Even in the media today, as good as the social media is, it has its own disadvantages that has set even countries and nations on collission course. Do you end the media?
We continue to ask for reformation. Now, SARS has been ended. Police morale has been dampened and they have gone off the streets. Hoodlums have taken over. Who do we report to? I think we should have articulated our points and go about it in a more credible way and not to be used by politicians.
Let me tell you, this is 2023 playing out” He continued.