…..Buni alleges hidden agenda
Pan-Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Miyetti Allah Kailutal Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association, has accused the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of masterminding and bankrolling the #EndSARS protests currently rocking the country.
Miyetti Allah claimed that the #EndSARS protests, allegedly being financed by Tinubu, were aimed at bringing down President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group claimed that Tinubu’s alleged action against Buhari was because the APC stalwart had lost out “in the plans to contest the presidential election under the All Progressive Congress in 2023.”
Miyetti Allah, however, warned that they won’t take it lightly with Tinubu should anything untoward happen to their kinsman.
They said this in a statement titled, ‘#EndSARS: Gathering of political vultures,’ in Kaduna on Monday.
The statement was signed by Miyetti Allah’s National President, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, and the Secretary, Alhaji Saleh Alhasan.
According to them, the continued protests despite government’s yielding is an attempt to ground the country and create more suffering in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group demanded that Tinubu should call off the #EndSARS protests and allow the Federal Government to fashion out modalities to address the nation’s challenges.
Alleging “ethnic and regional colouration” to the #EndSARS protests, they added, “Some people from certain regions are trying to undermine and overthrow a democratically-elected government or intimidate the North to give up its rights to rule beyond 2023.
“The insistence to continue to protest even when government has made concessions; the open defiance is reckless, provocative; denial of access to means of livelihood can lead to fracas and conflict.
“The demands of the protesters are nebulous, inconsistent, haphazard, whimsical, and impossible to meet.”
When contacted, Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, said, “As it has been stated elsewhere, Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government. He could also not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labelled a target by the organisers.”
APC interim chair alleges hidden agenda behind protest
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has alleged that there was a hidden agenda behind the nationwide #EndSARS protests.
Buni, who granted an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC monitored in Abuja, on Monday, alleged that the refusal of the protesters to back down even after the Inspector-General of Police disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad showed that they had other objectives.
He said, “When such things happen, there are those with ulterior motives. This is a nation where you have people with their own agenda.
“There are those asking for restructuring, some are secessionists, there are also criminals who see the disbanded unit as a threat to their activities. We should be careful.
“All leaders, irrespective of party affiliation, must come to their senses to realise that we must first have a peaceful Nigeria before they can attain whatever they want to achieve but if they instigate people to take to the streets for selfish reasons, it can only lead to chaos.”
Buni said Buhari didn’t realise the extent of the rot within the system until he assumed office five years ago.