Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has said the #EndSARS protest was politically motivated.
Bello stated this while speaking on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday.
The governor said the protest was sponsored by politicians who are benefitting from the disruptions caused by the demonstrations across the country.
He stated that Nigerians do not need a soothsayer to tell them that the protests had a political undertone even after the government agreed to the demands of the agitators.
“Let me tell you, what is happening today; so-called #EndSARS is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not; I am saying it again and quote me anywhere, any day.
“Why would you demand for five items, 5 for 5 and granted, and refuse to take it? Which struggle, which agitation, which uprising across the world has ever succeeded without leadership?”
“The set up is by politicians who have hands in #EndSARS, who continue to shift the goal post when the demands were met, by those who continue to profiteer from it,” he said.
Bello added that though he supported the agitations of the youths, they should have stuck to their initial demands and taken what the government gave them.
“Hundred percent, I agreed but if you look at what is happening today, you will have no option than to classify it as politically motivated. Let me tell you, this is a ploy to set us against one another.
“A lot is wrong with that. You see, let me tell you, you asked for #EndSARS, and remember not everybody believes in ending SARS. And if you say the SARS is wrong or have been doing one thing wrong or the other, the best way to have agitated was to ask for the reform of the total security overall, the security architecture.
“When you begin to shift goal post and your list is endless, you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that this is political. It is unfortunate lives were lost, which should not happen. We should have taken the 5 for 5 that was given and moved on. At that point, we should have taken the goods and the gains and get off the street to have avoided the looting,” the governor said.
He commended the Inspector-General of Police and the Federal Government for the swift response to the demands of the youths.
He said Nigerians must learn to trust the government, saying “this is our government, this is our society.”