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EndSARS: Tinubu breaks silence, denies being among sponsors of protests

- The national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the report linking him to sponsors of EndSARS as false

- Tinubu's message was contained in a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman

- Rahman, however, said his principal is a true believer in justice and freedom of expression

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Following the purported report that he is one of the sponsors of the #EndSARS protest in Lagos and other parts of the country, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reacted.

The Cable reports that in a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu described the report as false and misleading.

Legit.ng gathered that Rahman said it is incorrect to say his principal is among the sponsors of the #EndSARS protest, adding that Tinubu could not have sponsored a protest that is affecting the economy of Lagos state.

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EndSARS: Tinubu breaks silence, denies being among sponsors of protesters

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, speaks on the national issue. Twitter/Bola Tinubu.
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He added that it is impossible for the APC chieftain to sponsor the protest in all the states where it has occurred.

Rahman said:

“There is a need to set the facts and record straight for fear that such a fake story may be taken on its face value by some unwary and gullible persons.
“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 labeled a target by the organizers.
“Secondly, whereas Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression, assembly, and protest where and when necessary, he has always canvassed the need for people to explore peaceful channels to ventilate their views and demands."

Rahman noted that he believed the #EndSARS protesters have made their demands, which he said the federal government is studying.

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He said like most Nigerians, Tinubu believes that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long and that security outfit ought to be disbanded as demanded by the protesters.

He added:

“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence. It is therefore the height of illogicality to ascribe the sponsorship of the protest to Asiwaju. The sponsors of this fake news forget that the protest is so widespread and cuts across the country.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, October 16, spoke on the nationwide EndSARS protest following numerous cases of police brutality in the country.

It was reported that Osinbajo on his Twitter page on the night of Friday apologised to all Nigerian who were angry over what they regard as the slow response of the government to their cries and calls.

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The vice president admitted that fellow citizens are justified to feel this way because the presidency on its party could have acted much faster in containing the situation.

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