Confusion hits the camp of End SARS protesters over a “secret meeting” few individuals held with Dangote and Emefiele. Last night, Tuesday, October 13, some EndSARS protesters including Pamilerin, Phyno, Aisha Yesufu, Mo Abudu, Wizkid, Ogbeni Dipo, Falz, met with Emefiele, Dangote, Sanwo Olu, Ifeanyi Okowa, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and Dapo Abiodun.
According to the report, Adebola Williams acquiesced that EndSARS protests should end. But Aisha Yesufu & Mo Abudu insisted Nigerians will not back down until all outstanding issues around police brutality are resolved.
How trouble and confusion started
Ogbeni Dipo, took to Twitter to announced on Tuesday that he and others were in a meeting. “They pleaded with us to either stop the protest or protest peacefully. They promised to ‘move mountains’ and ACT today. “I currently don’t have the permission of the 7 people that attended to disclose their identity but I can assure you they are the same people who have been at the forefront in Lagos, Abuja and London.”
“Davido and Wizkid have really really tried. But I deliberately left out their names. Those 4 people for starters. We can add: Mo, Rinu, Bulawayo Bukarti and Debo Macaroni. “These 8 people should be speaking to the government. #EndSWAT #EndSARS…No political jobbers. No career activists. And I don’t want to have anything to do with it”, he said.
However, reacting to the zoom meeting, the convener of #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Movement Segun Awosanya in a post via his Twitter account, insisted that the #EndSARS protest has been hijacked by some group of individuals. “Special thanks to @SavvyRinu et all who started the organic protest before the hijackers took it over. We shall overcome. #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG”
“The attempt to hijack the #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Movement by known elements who were against it from day one and had to be a part now for fame & earnings is not surprising. They felt they can demonize me & take ownership by force. But they’ll fail again as always.”
“The #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG movement is not a cult group. We don’t guilt-trip people for control. We have a Convener and we are NOT a Protest group neither are we easing funds for such purpose. This is yet another onslaught in the same pattern on the cause. Be careful out there.”
“Certain elements are mobilizing to politicize the movement but they know they can’t succeed with me. So they created a monster using the same hashtag as to confuse the unsuspecting public. Please note the difference. People who are for the Cause won’t attack my person.”
“I worked hard on #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG there is a difference. It is a completely different thing when the objective and end goal are separated especially when associated with a protest that seeks to denigrate the tenets of the Movement at the expense of the cause.”
“The Movement never separate its Objective #EndSARS from the End Goal/Vision #ReformPoliceNG since inception in 2017. Please note the difference & identify those exploiting your attention. Don’t be a tool in the hands of anyone. @segalink will never expose the vulnerable to harm.”
According to reports by Peoples Gazette, “Payment solutions Flutterwave blocked a bank account being used to raise funds for #EndSARS, amidst claims of CBN pressure. The account has been receiving donations to treat victims of gunshot wounds and give legal aid to arrested protesters.” Reacting to Peoples Gazette report Segalink said; “The public should be advised that @SIAF_NG’s #EndSARS #ReformPoliceNG Movement dissociates itself from the #EndSARS Protest and its funding initiative. We are an ADVOCACY & NOT a PROTEST Organization. We are NOT raising FUNDS. I guess this is why they’ve been attacking @segalink”
The co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls Aisha Yesufu who has also been at the forefront of the End SARS movement, told Nigerians youths to stay focus.
Protesters have criticized the meetings being held without public knowledge.
“Some people are already using us to catch cruise over this #endsars protest, because at what stage did we agree to people representing us in a meeting? “Also, those accusing others of “cult” group have also been in a purported meeting with the IGP. What’s going on?”, Tope Akinyode said.
Aproko Doctor warned protesters; “Government is succeeding in dividing us, using fault lines where it will be easy to crack us from. This is not the time to allow personal bias, resentment or the need for glory to influence our actions. If we all want the same thing, we should all be speaking with one voice,”
Susinya Bulus, a lawyer, it’s time to declare victory and call off the protests “It’s time to declare victory and call off the protests, otherwise the bickering amongst the so-called protest “leaders” will soon have us negotiating from a disadvantaged position.
#EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria” “I have deleted the thread. It is not worth it. Let posterity judge us all. We will not be distracted. Let’s keep the focus. Be safe out there. #EndImpunity #ReformPoliceNG,” Segalink said.
At the time of this report, the argument over “secret meeting” is flooding Twitter Timelines.