Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland has reacted to the announcement by the Nigerian Army of plans to kick off ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ across the 36 states of the country.
In an open letter to the President on Sunday, Adams warned Muhammadu Buhari against the use of military force against protesters who are calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
According to Adams in the letter, instead of deploying soldiers against peaceful protesters, the President should listen to the people to not only reform, but transform the police.
He also reminded the government that using military force to quell protests by civilians had already been declared illegal by a Federal High Court in July 2020.
Adams said, “It is wrong to give the impression that Nigeria is at war with its citizens. We must do everything to promote and defend democratic culture.
He warned that the government must not adopt violence as a response to violence, insisting that it is not an option. Ripples Nigeria