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Borno state Governor likens #EndSARS agitation and protesters to terrorist group, Boko Haram

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Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum has issued a note of caution to the EndSARS protesters, likening the protests to terrorist group, Boko Haram’s early days.

Thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.

Security forces opened fire at protesters in Lekki, killing at least 12 people according to Amnesty International, and scores of over 40 deaths recorded across the country.

But Zulum, Friday, rather likened the peaceful protest against Police brutality to a terrorist organisation.

He spoke Friday while speaking with President Muhammadu Buhari in a meeting at the Presidential villa in Abuja.

Zulum, whose state has battled with insurgency caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, said that the terrorist group broke out of a protest against the use of motorcycle helmets.

The then protest which was initially peaceful eventually broke out to a full insurgency that has displaced over one million people and still continues to trouble the state a decade after.

Zulum said, “On the issue of #EndSARS, I am calling all Nigerians, especially the youths, to be very careful. The whole Boko Haram saga started as a result of a protest by some youths of Maiduguri against the use of helmets by motorcycle riders. You have seen the situation now”

“Over one million people have been displaced and the most affected population are the vulnerable, the youth.

The governor said the youth of the state must be empowered by all levels of government to be able to live a meaningful life.

“I’m glad to inform Nigerians that there is gradual return of peace to the north east region particularly in Borno State.

“Government has started resettlement of people to their ancestral home.

“We have received tremendous support from the Nigerian military, from the paramilitary, ministry of finance, Humanitarian Affairs and its agencies especially NEMA, North East Development Commission and others.

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