Kogi: COVID-19 lockdown fueled #EndSARS protests

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Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has stated that the #EndSARS protests and looting spree witnessed across the country, was the fallout of the long period of lockdown across the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Bello said this yesterday while featuring on Channels TV flagship programme, Sunrise Daily.

He said: “The hasty move in locking down the entire country in the wake of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked a lot of havoc to the country.”

“These are one of the effects of this so-called COVID-19. Let’s not just gloss over it or be reacting on the impulse of the moment.

“When COVID-19 which is glorified malaria was imported into the country, I cautioned that accepting the imported disease would have huge consequences in the long run, but they didn’t listen to us. The current protest is one of the consequences of the lockdown during the Covid-19 era.”

He said the protests and the attendant negative impact would not have happened if COVID-19 had been handled with the same sincerity as Ebola.

“What is happening today, the so-called EndSARS is politically motivated. Whether anybody says it or not, I am saying it once again.”

The governor justified his position by saying that the protesters persisted with the protests even when the Federal Government accepted their five-point demands.

Bello said the EndSARS protests, which started as a genuine agitation, had been hijacked by hoodlums and was taking political dimensions.

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