The Sultan of Sokoto, who is the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims, decried the hijack of a peaceful protest by hoodlums which had resulted into killings and destructions of property.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abaubakar Sa’ad lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam has condemned the attack on #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in Lagos.
He appealed to the Federal Government to apply wisdom and maturity in handling the crisis.
The Sultan spoke through the Secretary General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu in a statement in Kaduna on Thursday.
In the statement titled, #EndSARS imbroglio: general appeal for calm,’ the religious body, also appealed to genuine protesters to withdraw from the streets.
The statement read in part, “The agitation for the #EndSars borne out of concern for the lives of Nigerians against the excesses of some of the members of the special police unit has since been hijacked by miscreants who have been looking for such opportunities to settle scores with their adversaries within the police and/or politicians.
“These miscreants are now the driving force of the #EndSars protest. Hence, the attacks on lives and properties as well as looting and arsons thereby creating serious pandemonium which is completely at variance with the objectives of the #EndSars conveners.
“The JNI thereby appeal for calm both from the protesters and the military to prevent plunging the country into the state of anarchy. We should not by our actions give ‘conflict preneurs’ the opportunity to further escalate the situation to full blown violence that will lead us to a despicable condition.
“The government on its part should also continue to apply restraint and maturity in handling the situation as the atmosphere is so tensed that any misstep by the government will spell doom for the country.”