Femi Adesina: Looting of warehouses brought on by #EndSARS protests NOT poverty
Femi Adesina, particular adviser to the president on media and publicity, says the looting of personal and public amenities in some elements of the nation is on account of the chaos that got here with the #EndSARS protests.
Talking when he featured on Dawn Day by day, a Channels Tv programme, on Thursday, Adesina mentioned the breakdown of legislation and order following the #EndSARS protests supplied a chance for looting to happen.
He mentioned attributing the looting to poverty was like justifying armed theft.
He mentioned the looting was pure criminality occasioned by greed, including that not everybody concerned within the act is hungry and poor.
He mentioned: “Criminality is criminality. Would it not justify armed theft as a result of the person was poor? Would you justify armed theft as a result of the person didn’t have cash?
“Simply as you can’t justify armed theft as a result of a person was poor and took a gun to rob one other particular person, you possibly can’t additionally justify the lootings going on as a result of it’s pure criminality. My view is that it’s not all people that’s hungry that engaged in that looting. That is the reality, it’s greed and pure criminality.
“Criminality will all the time be criminality and anarchy promotes criminality. What has occurred previously two or three weeks led to what’s taking place now. If there was cohesion and tranquility in society, this might not have occurred. Subsequently, it’s corollary to the close to anarchic scenario that got here on the nation due to the protest.
“In case you didn’t have folks burning police stations, killing policemen, burning non-public and public property, you received’t have this sort of looting. Meaning those self same folks might be in society and can discover methods to eke out a residing however as a result of the scenario was created for near-anarchy that’s the reason you’ve gotten this.
“So, I don’t agree that it’s all about poverty. Sure in any nation, you’ll have folks which might be poor, hungry…that is among the causes you’ve gotten authorities to make sure that the variety of the poor reduces progressively.
“So this crowd of individuals you see going to loot are usually not essentially hungry or offended; they’re profiting from the collapse of legislation and order that got here on account of the protest.”