Report imputing the ongoing EndSARs protest to former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has drawn the reaction of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The rumour has gained traction in some quarters including a purported professor of History and International Relations in University of Ibadan, Alexander Adebisi.
It alleged Tinubu took the route to discredit the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari having allegedly falling out of favour with the presidency.
A statement his media aide, Tunde Rahman released, however debunked the claim.
It reads in part, “There is a need to set the facts and record straight for fear that such a fake story may be taken on its face value by some unwary and gullible persons. “Asiwaju Tinubu could not have sponsored the #EndSARS protest that has blocked one of the main entries into and out of Lagos and one of the economic arteries of the Lagos State Government.
“He could also not have sponsored such a protest where he too has been labeled a target by the organizers.
“Secondly, whereas Asiwaju Tinubu believes in the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression, assembly, and protest where and when necessary, he has always canvassed the need for people to explore peaceful channels to ventilate their views and demands.
“He believes the #EndSARS protesters have made their demands, which the Federal Government is studying. Like most Nigerians, Asiwaju believes that SARS’ brutality and untoward conduct against innocent youths and other Nigerians have gone on for too long and that security outfit ought to be disbanded as demanded by the protesters.
“Asiwaju Tinubu believes it’s now time for our youths to wait, exercise restraint for dialogue and reform to commence. It is therefore the height of illogicality to ascribe the sponsorship of the protest to Asiwaju. The sponsors of this fake news forget that the protest is so widespread and cuts across the country.”