For years, I was an #EndSARS activist who knew when to pause and negotiate – Fayemi

In my younger years, I was an #EndSARS protester who knew when to stop and negotiate – Governor Fayemi 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has stated that he was an activist in his younger years and knew when to stop and dialogue.

Fayemi said this at a virtual conference organised by the Harvard Kenny School Alumni Association of Nigeria on Friday the 11th day of December 2020.

 Fayemi who was a member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), recalled the way which he was on the frontline of the battle against the military over the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, the way he made sure that the youths must do away with the significant feeling of confidence and be ready to fight for what they want because nobody gives out things freely.

He said:

“We do owe them a duty to begin to respond to those reasonable demands that they make for a good education which is a right not a privilege, for accountable governance, for human rights protection and I think this is something that the government must respond to”.

“They are the larger part of the population but they need to really rid themselves of a sense of entitlement because nobody gives you these things freely, you have to fight for it and I am glad that they are beginning to fight for it”.

“Ultimately, when they start knocking on that door, and they break the door open, they will be allowed in. But in breaking it open, they can do it by stealth rather than by brigandage”.

“Some of us have spent our time at the barricade. In the better time of my younger days, I was also a #EndSARS protester of sorts as you know. But I knew when to stop and when to start negotiating with those in power and authority and ultimately, we made some progress.”

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