Former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief, Senator Orji Kalu has expressed sadness over the destruction of the palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi,during the #EndSARS protest in the town on Sunday.
Condemning the ugly incident, the former governor, who is also the Aro of Ogbomoso, stressed that in as much as peaceful protests are allowed by law, hoodlums and thugs must be prevented from taking advantage of any protest.
Kalu, who spoke with journalists in Lagos on Monday, advised youths across the country to be law-abiding and steadfast. He also commended the Federal Government for the dissolution of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
He said: “The attack on Ogbomoso Palace by irate youths during the #EndSARS protest in Ogbomoso at the weekend was needless. Kabiyesi had over the years, sustained peace and unity in Ogbomosoland and its environs.
“The Paramount ruler is a respected elder statesman, who is passionate about the development of his domain, Oyo State and Nigeria at large. The atrocity committed by the yet-to-be-identified hoodlums is highly condemnable. The appropriate authorities must swing into action immediately in order to avert recurrence.
“Peaceful protests are allowed by law but people should not use the opportunity to attack innocent citizens and leaders. The perpetrators of the ugly act must face the wrath of the law”.
While commiserating with Oba Oyewumi over the attack, Kalu applauded the monarch for his impeccable character and leadership qualities, adding that Ogbomosoland has witnessed unprecedented development under the paramount ruler.
He described the monarch as an advocate of peace and unity, stressing that the incident must be deeply investigated by appropriate authorities in order to bring the perpetrators to book.