#ENDSARS: OONI OF IFE SHARES DAUGHTER'S EXPERIENCE, HAILS YOUTHS' ONENESS
By Kayode Olawuni
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II has expressed his support for the ongoing protests against the brutality of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Nigerian Youths.
The monarch, in a communique issued on His official Twitter handle @OoniAdimulaIfe on Monday said the youths are united for the first time in the fight for their common interest.
"The #ENDSARS movement has brought nothing but joy to me. Finally the youths are awake with one voice and a common goal", the tweet read.
The eminent traditional ruler expressed a deep understanding of the bitter experiences the young Nigerian folks are passing through in the hands of the personnel of the security unit, supporting this with the narration of an ordeal His own daughter was once subjected to.
"I understand your plight, my 25years old daughter had a nasty experience with SARS, almost losing her life. On her way to the airport, she was stopped and terribly ransacked and surrounded by heavily armed plain clothes policemen in a bus, detained for close to 30mins of thorough questioning. Imagine a young female for that matter, all her belongings completely searched all because she was with a laptop on an official assignment from her office in Lagos"
"I can only imagine the countless ones that have lost their lives from such ordeals, may their souls rest in peace", He prayed while assuring the Youths that the current scenario is just the beginning of greater things to come in the country.
The Paramount ruler urged the young Nigerians to demand for more but advised them to conduct themselves in peaceful manner.
"I assure you that this is the beginning of greater things to come in Nigeria. I implore you to demand for more, but plead with you to do so in a peaceful manner, as anything outside of that will cause unnecessary havoc for all. I have been informed of many innocent souls that were arrested and currently been detained. Be rest assured that I am pursuing the matter and they will be set free", continued.
Ooni Ogunwusi further extended his admonition to the officers of the Nigerian police, urging them to realize the fact that the movement also means good for them as it demands for a better welfare on their behalf.
"To the men and women of the Nigerian police force, be assured that this movement is also for you, we know you are humans also and your reality is as a result of your environment. This movement demands better on your behalf, and is aimed at pushing the government to do better for you and elevate your standard of living. Do not persecute your advocates. God bless Nigeria youths and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria", Ooni concluded.