All the northern governors, emirs and chiefs in the region, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Lai Mohammed, Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu, amongst others met on Monday, 2nd of November 2020, in a meeting which saw them applauding themselves and their traditional rulers for not allowing the endsars protest happen in the north.
The traditional rulers of the north have been praised for using ethnic and religious sentiment as a divide and rule against the EndSARS protests in the North.
“We commend the roles of his eminence, royal highnesses, and other royal fathers in ensuring that the EndSARS protest did not escalate significantly in the North by adopting sentimental issues such as ethnicity and religion, the Forum resolved to continuously engage with their Royal Highnesses in addressing this challenge,”
The forum kicked against the brutality of Nigerians by the disbanded special anti-robbery squad, describing the civil movement as an attempt for a regime change.
The #EndSARS protest gained worldwide appeal for its message to end police brutality in Nigeria, but it was mostly powered by agitations in Southern Nigeria. Most parts of Northern Nigerian did not join the protests, and the few cities that joined did so late.
The forum also supported the ongoing social media bill, saying that there should be a censor mecahnism, as a bid to shut the mouths of the youth.
This same Northern Nigeria has been locked in multiple cases of insecurity for nearly a decade. It witnessed the most heightened attacks in the last five years with cases of Boko Haram terrorism, banditry and herdsmen attacks across the region, which had resulted in deaths of many and destruction of asset.
Northern Politicians have often adopted the colonial strategy of drawing religion and ethic sentiment to issues affecting people in Nigeria with the endgame of breaking the ranks and causing disunity.
A meeting that was supposed to address the insecurity of the north, prioritized endsars and regulations of social media bill, which goes a long way to say so many things about this seto of Politicians.