The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has asked religious leaders to stop inciting violence among the #EndSars protesters.
The minister gave this strong warning on Monday in a forum organised by NAN
The protests that has lasted for several days has gathered so much attention from international communities, support and endorsement by several international bodies.
Meanwhile, the Inspector general of Police, Mohammed Adamu has released mobile police across all states in Nigeria.
So much tension and violence has erupted since the protest began, prisoners in Edo correctional centres were seen breaking out of the prisons.
Hours later, the Ugbekun police station in Benin, was also set ablaze.
Several cases of violence have also been reported across the country.
Lai Mohammed has expressed his disappointment on religious and political leaders for encouraging youths remain on the streets even when they have been promised to meet their needs.
“Leaders should stop instigating the protests because that could lead to anarchy,” Mohammed said.
“The protests are turning violent, unfortunately many of our leaders are fallen short of expectation.
“Rather than advise these youths, they have been instigating them and this is very disappointing.
“All leaders, opinion, religious, political, including traditional rulers, should be very careful in their interventions.
“They have the right to intervene and a lot of them have huge followership, but they should not incite; they should proffer solution not to complicate the matter on ground.
“They should emphasise that the protest is genuine and that the government has listened. They should let the youths know that everything the government has promised will be fulfilled.”
Lai Mohammed also said those behind the protest has lost control of it, thugs have hijacked this to destabilize the country.
“We are talking of the very existence of the country because some people are using the genuine protest to seek an end to democracy and representative government,” he said.
“We are talking of a protest that has descended into orgy of violence, looting, killing and attempted assassination of a state governor.
“A protest that led to hoodlums taking over the whole city of Benin, releasing inmates and setting Police stations ablaze.
“This is not what any leader should support or instigate the youths to continue with.”
The minister, urged the people to put forth their grievances and bring it up to the governor, all will be looked into.