KWARA, Nigeria – Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq says it is time for the nation to speak with one voice to resolve her grievances without bringing down the country.
Addressing elders of the ruling APC in the state on efforts to ensure peace and security, following the nationwide End SARS protests, the governor said the protest was hijacked by some vested interests
“All indications point at the fact that what started as a peaceful protest, has been hijacked by some other interests.”
He urged them to join government’s efforts to calm frayed nerves and ensure the country is not brought down, saying “The End SARS protests started well and the protesters are within their rights to express their grievances.
“The protest here has been very peaceful and I even joined them, except for a pocket of unfortunate incidents which are now under control.
“Let us speak to our younger ones to give peace a chance,” he appealed, adding that I urge you to use your influence to talk to the people on the imperative of peace.”
Governor Abdulrazaq referenced how nations like Liberia, Libya, Egypt and Syria, have not recovered from their civil wars which crippled their economies and rendered their citizens refugees in other countries of the world.
“We really do not want something like this to happen to us,” he declared.
On the vexed issue of the new minimum wage yet to be implemented in the state, he said: “While the state government is willing to pay, signing onto the table what the labour movement wants, would eat deep into the public purse and make spendings on infrastructural development and the rest of the population impossible.”
He, however, hinted that both parties would return to the negotiating table again to see what is practicable and beneficial to the two parties.
OgeneAfrican gathered that the meeting, came barely two days after the governor held a similar parley with first-class traditional rulers in the state, and a week after a state security council meeting on the goings-on in the state and across the country.