#EndSars: Buhari to Former Nigeria Leader, “#EndSARS Protest Was Hijacked and Misdirected”
The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has portrayed as “disturbing” how the initial aim and goal of the Youths protesting against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.
This was disclosed in a statement by the President’s media aide, Femi Adesina.
Speaking with former Heads of State and Presidents of Nigeria in a virtual meeting from Abuja on Friday, President Buhari made it known that the Government will not fold its arms and allow villains and culprits to continue to execute their evil acts against the country in disguise as END SARS Protesters.
The meeting attended by the like of:
Gen. Yakubu Gowon,
President Olusegun Obasanjo,
Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida,
Chief Ernest Shonekan,
Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and
former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President narrated the initial submissions made by his administration on the demands of youths protesting against the excesses of some members of the SARS.
He remembered that the youths had demanded that:
* The squad (SARS) be disassembled,
* The immediate release of all arrested protesters,
* Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families,
* Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct within 10 days.
* Psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be re-deployed;
* An increase in Police salary.
The President said, “We accepted all the demands and proceeded immediately to scrap SARS and started the process of addressing the other demands. Unfortunately, the protesters refused to call off the protest and engage the Government to address their grievances. Instead, they became emboldened and gradually turned violent. I am pained with the mayhem that ensued, many lives have been lost, a number of public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalized, We will continue to improve good governance through our democratic process including through sustained engagement.
‘We shall also continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. Here, I want to also reaffirm our commitment to preserving the unity of this country”
PMB appreciated the former Heads of State for attending the meeting and their worthwhile contributions, observations and advice, adding that ” Our Nigerians expect nothing less from responsible statesmen.”
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