Soldiers beg for calm in Osun as protesters defy curfew
By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Some armed soldiers suspected to be of the Operation Crocodile Smile launched by the Nigeria Army yesterday stormed the streets of major cities in Osun state to enforce law and order.
The state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola had ordered a 24-hour curfew on Tuesday night but most residents on Wednesday, disregarded it as some stormed the streets to resume protest against police brutality and bad governance in Nigeria.
The curfew, which started on midnight of Tuesday, did not deter the protesting youths as they barricaded the Olaiya junction along Gbongan road in Osogbo.
Even when armed soldiers in about seven patrol vans around 11.00am met them barricading the road, they stood their ground and did not take flight from the streets.
Instead of forcing them off the street, the head of the troop said they were not going to launch an attack on them but appealed to them to obey the curfew order of the governor.
One of the soldiers was holding the Nigerian flag in solidarity with the protesters.
Addressing the protesters, the head of the troop said “We are here to protect you. The future is ours; the future is yours but we can’t save the future by doing this. It is understood that if they slap your brother, you go vex but let us try as much as possible to control ourselves. So, gentlemen, let’s calm down.”
Also speaking at the protest ground, the spokesperson of the #EndSARS protesters, Olawale Bakare condemned what he described as “carnage” unleashed on protesters in Lagos and other parts of the country.
He said that would be last massacre that the agitation would witness.
“We will not be discouraged in demanding for good governnace in Nigeria. We, the youths of Nigeria are resolute to make this nation better.
“We are immediately calling the government of Osun State to reverse the thoughtless imposition of the curfew, as it would be insensitive and unpatriotic to impose such under this economic hardship and at a moment when none of our demands are met. We outrightly object any attempt to silence us in the face of oppression.
“We won’t stop until we achieve our revolutionary goals for a new Nigeria. We call on every well meaning Nigerian to us on the barricade as we are determined to change the social, economic and political destiny of our dear nation. A people united can never be defeated,” he said.