Former President Olusegun Obasanjo advised that the #EndSARS protest should be used by President Muhammadu Buhari as an opportunity to let Nigerian youths know that he understood their plight as a father.
The former leader noted that in many states of the federation, the EndSARS protest, still ongoing, was a result of dissatisfaction and urged the government to address the demands of the youths.
He spoke on Monday when Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, hosted him at his palace in the ancient city.
Obasanjo said, “More than 65 percent of our population are between the ages of 18 and 30. They are not only struggling to acquire education, they are also aspiring for the best that life can offer them.
“Some of them didn’t even get educated while those who are educated are getting frustrated because of lack of opportunities. We must realize that the lid on the boiling steam would have to be removed.
“But, I believe that there are windows of opportunity which the government can explore to show that it cares about the people’s welfare, especially the youths, as the father of the country and particularly, as the father of the youth.
“Fortunately, the president has children and he knows how youths behave. I believe that the opportunities can still be taken to let the youths know that he, as a father, understands their plight and his government understands their plight and he is ready to make life better for them.”
The Ooni, also speaking, appealed to the EndSARS protesters to retreat and give peace a chance, adding that their action was a clear message to the government.