Aare Afe Babalola displeased with use of soldiers to stop riots.

Legal luminary, Aare Afe Babalola has condemned the deployment of soldiers to quell protests in Lagos.

He regretted the use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths.

A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain. The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe. Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.

Read the full text of Aare Babalola’s message below.

A CALL ON PRESIDENT BUHARI TO ADDRESS PAINS OF THE NATION

Protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as SARS or FSARS have spread to all parts of Nigeria and beyond.

The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer. The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.

A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain. The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe. Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.

The President is the head of the Nation, the youths are parts of the body (Nation). I urge the President as the head to address the youths (the Nation) and offer remedial steps to be taken to alleviate the pains.

I remember that as soon as the protests began, I had issued a press release in a similar vein on the issue appealing to the President to please address the issue at that time. I now again plead with him to address the root causes of the pain which the youths are complaining about.

AARE AFE BABALOLA, OFR, CON, SAN, FNIALS, FCIArb, LL.D, D.Litt,

FOUNDER/ CHANCELLOR

AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, ADO - EKITI (ABUAD)

Km. 8.5, Afe Babalola Way, Ijan Road,

Ado - Ekiti

president@abuad.edu.ng www.abuad.edu.ng;


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