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#EndSARS: Churches, Mosques and the Media to Blame- Adesina

President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Femi Adesina, has blamed the media, churches and mosques for spreading hate messages.

Adesina disclosed this in an article, titled “If Nigeria Dies, Hatred Killed Her.”

According to Adesina, the #EndSARS protests began with a purpose, which was to clamour for an end to police brutality, but later degenerated into a vehicle of greed and expression of hate towards Buhari by those who have their eyes set on 2023.

In Adesina’s words, “The EndSARS campaign began as an agitation against police brutality, in which there was unanimity of purpose. And suddenly, it became a vehicle of hate, against leadership, against national cohesion, an opportunity to settle political scores, and equally, prepare for a power grab in 2023. Hatred came into the mix.”

He added, “When things boil over in graphic demonstration of hatred, it is a culmination of negative sentiments and tendencies. They come in persistent negative postings on social media, which generate and stimulate hate.”

“From hateful messages from the pulpit, as if that was the message of love, Jesus Christ handed over to his followers. From unduly critical messages during Jumat services. From radio and television programs, in which bile is spewed. From talk shows which become a harangue of government, newspaper articles and columns tailored to instigate and generate dissent, and the like.”

“Eventually, all culminated in hatred, which finds expression in genuine causes like the EndSARS campaign. When things boil over, they leave sorrow, tears and blood in their wake, as we have seen. And who suffers? The whole country. Who bleeds? Nigeria.”

He then said that his Principal was very impressed with Solomon Arase and with the reforms he had brought forward as answer to the decay in the Nigerian Police Force. Adesina, however, failed to say why Buhari didn’t extent Arase’s tenure if he was so impressed.

Adesina added, “The President told me how much he had been impressed with the then Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and how he regretted that the man spent just about a year with him. He then told me about the police of his dreams, and how he wished he got someone who would translate the vision into reality.”

“So, when the President said in a speech to the protesters last week that comprehensive police reform was coming, I knew what he had in mind. If only we would be patient and let him implement the five-point demand of the protesters, which he had accepted. But alas, the protest took another hue and nature, different from the original concept and focus. Hatred crept in, nurtured by all sorts of tendencies.”

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