Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to restrain the military and other security forces from using brute force on protesters.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, the elder statesman condemned the shooting of protesters and said it will only increase the anger and frustration of the people.
“The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustation. Instead, such actions only reinforce the anger and frustration of the populace and close the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution.
“It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force. It is worse that there is denial of wrong doing inspite overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.
“The President must act now before it is too late. This time demands leadership and mature leadership at such.