Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, has distanced himself from the two-week-old EndSARS protests in some parts of the country.
Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, said in a statement issued on Saturday that it was wrong to say that his boss was responsible for the protests, as was widely reported.
He said it was difficult for Tinubu to take responsibility for the protests in all the states.
“It is not possible for Asiwaju Tinubu to take responsibility for the protests that have blocked one of the entrances and exits of Lagos State, which is one of the main sources of revenue for the state government,” the statement said.
“Also, it is not possible for him to take charge of protests in states where the protesters themselves oppose him.”
The statement also said Tinubu believed the SARS force should be disbanded as a result of “the long period of time it has been abusing youths and other citizens” as demanded by the protesters.
However he said peaceful means should be sought to present demands to the government.
Protests have been raging for two weeks over the dissolution of the SARS police force in Nigeria, but people still continue to protest on the streets after the Federal Government disbanded and replaced SARS with SWAT.