Some EndSARS campaigners together with Folarin Falana aka Falz and Debo Adebayo aka Mr Marcaroni have rejected the invite by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to a peace stroll for “the healing of Lagos” in December.
The governor in a speech on Tuesday on the Lekki shootings of October 20, 2020, stated, “In December, I might be leading A WALK FOR PEACE to herald the therapeutic of our land. Let me use this event to increase an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society teams, college students and the media in addition to different stakeholders to affix me.”
Particularly, the governor invited Falana, Adebayo, Dele Farotimi, Temitope Majekodunmi, Segun Awosanya (Segalink), Adedotun (Simply Detoun), Seun Kuti; Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu; and Commander of Speedy Response Squad CSP Yinka Egbeyemi and others to affix him within the “historic march for our pricey Lagos.”
Sanwo-Olu additionally stated his authorities will launch its White Paper on the report submitted by the EndSARS Judicial Panel of Inquiry on November 15, 2021.
He stated, “As an administration, are decided that the subsequent steps that might be taken on this means of coming to phrases with the occasions of October 2020, should convey closure to a painful episode within the historical past of our state, with the discharge of the White Paper later in the present day.”
A youth protester, who was additionally invited by the governor for a stroll, Awosanya, lauded Sanwo-Olu for his “management”.
@segalink tweeted, “@jidesanwoolu has proven management with this matured response and we hope the WhitePaper will mirror his sentiment. All of us need closure, Justice and therapeutic for our society. The expertise of twentieth October 2020 mustn’t ever be repeated.”
However reacting, the youthful Falana, who tweeted through @falzthebahdguy, described the peace stroll as a “joke”, insisting that justice should be served for all victims of police brutality.
Additionally, Adebayo, who tweeted through @mrmacaronii, stated he was not prepared for any stroll, including that the final “walk” he had, he was stripped bare and dehumanised.
“I humbly decline the Invitation of Mr Governor. The Authorities itself arrange a panel. The panel has made suggestions. I consider that real peacemaking will start by first implementing the suggestions of the panel. Then we are able to start to belief the federal government.
“Lastly, I’m not at battle with anybody. Not with the Authorities, police or politicians. All we’re asking is that our leaders place worth on our lives as residents and lead us with love, equity, fact and justice, to allow all Nigerians dwell a greater life in peace and unity,” he wrote.
The Onpoint had earlier reported that the funnyman was arrested by the police in February 2021 for protesting towards the reopening of the Lekki toll gate, a focal gathering of younger campaigners protesting towards police brutality and extrajudicial killings in October 2020.