The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Wednesday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to Nigerians to douse tension on the ongoing EndSARS protests across the country.
Oba Adetunji in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan stated that this became necessary in view of the experience of Nigerians over the past two weeks which he described as “very tough” and “most unbearable” .
“A democratically elected President of Nigeria has the capacity to address the demands of the protesters and possibly put paid to prolonged protest, adding that “any other individual other than the President would only be scratching the matter on the surface.
“As the father of the nation with avowed commitment to protect lives and properties, including recovering economy, it has become imperative for the President to speak to Nigerians especially, the protesting youths”, he said.
Lamenting that thugs and hoodlums who do not understand the significance of the protests are taking undue advantage to cause mayhem and extortion, Oba Adetunji urged the youths to embrace dialogue as experience has shown that jaw-jaw is better than war-war.”
He said, “People in government are not living in gilded cage and therefore could not have been irresponsive to the yearnings and aspirations of the people, as speculated in some quarters.
“Part of the solution lies in reopening of all the universities shut in the wake of ASUU strike over the past six months.