Aisha Yesufu accuses FG of frustrating negotiations with #EndSARS protesters - OPID News

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Aisha Yesufu accuses FG of frustrating negotiations with #EndSARS protesters

 Aisha Yesufu accuses FG of frustrating negotiations with #EndSARS protesters

Aisha Yesufu Photo credit: Ibrahim Usman @ibrahimu14/Twitter .

One of the prominent faces of the #EndSARS movement for police reform, Aisha Yesufu, has said the Federal Government made

negotiations with protesters impossible by coming up with different excuses.

She stated this on Sunday in a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola, insisting that #EndSARS protesters were ready to dialogue with the government before violence erupted in the country but the latter frustrated the conciliatory efforts.

Yesufu said, “On the 19th of October, a week after the 5/5 demand, the #EndSARS protesters put out what has been done, they put out the things that needed to be done, what they wanted now, what they wanted in the short to mid-term and what they wanted in the short to long term.

“So, there was leadership; they were coming to the negotiation table. It was the government that made all sort of excuses. I will tell you candidly that it was the Nigerian government that didn’t have leadership and up till now, the Nigerian government hasn’t shown any leadership, it’s not the #EndSARS protesters.”

Yesufu also said the over two weeks nationwide demonstration was not infiltrated by hoodlums as said by the government.

“Many people say that the #EndSARS protest was infiltrated and I say categorically to them, the #EndSARS protest was never and hasn’t been infiltrated. What happened was that government brought in thugs, government-sponsored thugs came and attack #EndSARS protesters. These thugs were brought in military vans, in police vans.

“While that was going on, the police refused to do anything, they stood by. When the #EndSARS protesters were able to apprehend them and handed them over to the police, the police refused to arrest them,” she alleged.

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