Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that the Minister of Information and Culture, stated this on Saturday when he featured on a late-night Nigeria Television Authority news program, “Weekend File”.
EndSARS: We Will Not Allow Anarchy In Nigeria -Lai Mohammed
The minister warned that the Federal Government will not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the EndSARS protests.
The Minister of Information and Culture, who was on the program entitled, “EndSARS Protest: The Way Forward” said the protests had been hijacked by hoodlums and people with ulterior agenda.
According to him while the original conveners of the protests might have meant well, it was obvious that they were no longer in control of the initiative.
He said: “Peaceful protest is an integral part of democracy and that is why the Federal Government in the last 11 days has treated the protesters in a very civilized manner.
“But, if you look at what happened to the governor of Osun State, it has gone completely beyond peaceful protest against excesses and abuse of power by the police.
“There is nowhere in the world where a government will fold its arms and allow the country to descend into anarchy.
“We are no longer dealing with #EndSARS but a volatile situation that can lead to anarchy if the government does not take some very firm steps to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent Nigerians,” he said.
The minister added that the protests have gone beyond being peaceful because lives have been lost and innocent Nigerians, including workers and students, are passing through harrowing experiences.
Specifically, he said because the protesters are blocking the roads and highway, workers are finding it difficult to get to their offices and back home while many Nigerians are stranded on the roads.
It will be recalled that the EndSARS protest is embarked upon by a section of Nigerian youths to register their displeasure against police brutality in the country.
Despite the fact that the police authority has yielded to their request disbanding the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), the protests still go on nationwide.
Meanwhile, the protest is gaining more ground as notable celebrities, prominent religious leaders, and individuals adding their voices in support of the protest.
However, with some cases of violence recorded in some states, a good number of notable people have begun to call on the protesters to approach dialogue to reach an agreement with the government.