Published On: Thu, Oct 22nd, 2020

Seek Facts Before Making Hasty Pronouncement, Buhari Tells International Community

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News Investigators/ President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday took a swoop on the International Community, urging them to seek to know all the facts on the EndSARS protests by Nigerian youths before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.
Mr. Buhari made the remarks during his state of the nation address to Nigerians on the ongoing violence by protesters in Nigeria.

International Community including the United Nations (UN), United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) had called for restraint on the part of government in handling the protesters while demanding investigation into the alleged killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria last Tuesday.

Mr. Buhari, however, urged the youths to halt the protests assuring that their 5-Point demands is already being met by the government.

“In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful, and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,” he said.

Adding: “For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.

“I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.

“And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I would like to thank those state Governors, traditional and religious leaders who have appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank youth leaders who have restrained their followers from taking the law into their hands.

“This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation,” the President added.

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