Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said that the laws of the land must be allowed to deal with those who spearheaded the #ENDSARS protest, which later degenerated into the destruction of lives and property across the country.
Shehu, stated this on Sunday while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics.
Recall that the Central Bank of Nigeria had frozen the accounts of 20 persons whom were promoters of the #EndSARS protest, for 180 days.
The passport of another promoter of the movement, Modupe Odele, was also seized by the Nigeria Immigration Service, with the lady prevented from travelling out of the country last week.
Quizzed whether president Buhari had any knowledge of the latest development, Shehu said the buck stops at the table of the President, insisting that the protesters must be brought to book.
“This country has only one president and has only one constitution. President Muhammadu Buhari is responsible for his government. The buck stops on his table.
“We are a country governed by law. There is a constitution —under section 33— that clearly defines the rights of citizens to freely protest in a peaceful way but where a peaceful protest turns into riot, violence and looting, there is a law and order duty to be performed.
“Everyone witnessed the massive looting of public and private properties particularly in Lagos, Calabar, Plateau, Taraba and some other states, even the FCT.
“Now, the laws of the country must be allowed to decide, to rule on wrongdoing on the part of anybody.
“I am not particular about any celebrity or promoter but this country has been harmed enormously and people should be prepared to account for what they did.”
Shehu also advised people who were sympathetic to the #EndSARS demonstrations including those of the Peoples Democratic Party, to “publicly denounce” the negative effect the protest has had on the country.