How Makinde’s Savviness, Street Cred Saved Testing Ground Police Station From Being Razed By Irate Protesters

The Oasis Reporters

October 24, 2020

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, addressing irate youths at Testing-Grand, Iwo Road axis of Ibadan, during the ENDSARS protest on Thursday. PHOTO: Oyo State Govt

Calm returned to Ibadan city in Nigeria’s southwest, faster than in most cities of the country because of the political brinkmanship and street credibility of Oyo State’s youthful governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde.

While the destructions, arson, looting and even sacking of police stations were ongoing in pretty much of the country’s cities on the back of public anger over the killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters at Lekki in Lagos, Governor Makinde heard of a looming attack on Testing Ground Police station and barracks. This was after a few other stations had been reduced to rubble.

The police station being perhaps, the second largest in Ibadan city, itself just a few blocks from Makinde’s private office before he became governor, he rushed to the scene to engage the protesters in a friendly dialogue that showed empathy with the cause the youths were protesting over.

In the process, Makinde was able to calm them down and dissuaded them against burning the station, or any other edifice, thus saving the city from more carnage.

Those that witnessed the banter at Iwo road, all say that Makinde displayed courage and showed leadership.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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