Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife has thrown his weight behind the #EndSARS demonstrations, hailing the Nigerian youths for standing up against police cruelty in the country.
The high profile monarch tweeted on his handle, Monday “The #ENDSARS movement has brought nothing but joy to me,” “Finally, the youths are awake, with one voice and a common goal.”
However he urged the protesting youths who have continued the rallies to make their demands in a peaceful manner, expressing optimism that “this is the beginning of greater things to come in Nigeria.”
He promised to see to the release of many persons arrested and detained by security agents, reiterating that the protests are equally for the benefit of officials of the Nigeria Police.
He posited, “To the men and women of the Nigerian police force, be assured that this movement is also for you, we know you are humans also and your reality is as a result of your environment.”
He narrated the ordeal of his 25-year-old daughter with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) whom he said almost lost her life.
According to him, his daughter was stopped on her way to the airport, “terribly ransacked and surrounded by fully armed plainclothes policemen in a bus, detained for close to 30mins of thorough questioning.
“Imagine a young female for that matter, all her belongings completely searched all because she was with a laptop on an official assignment from her office in Lagos. I can only imagine the countless ones that have lost their lives from such ordeals, may their souls rest in peace.”