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#EndSARS: President Buhari must address Nigerians – Senate spokesman

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the nation.

Dr. Ajibola Basiru, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, asked President Buhari to comply with the National Assembly’s resolutions on the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality and bad governance.

The Senate had resolved that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must address the nation over the current situation.

“I have monitored with shock and personal indignation, the turnout of events on the #EndSARS protest with evidence of obvious descent of the country, particularly in the South-West of Nigeria, after the reckless and disturbing incident at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday evening.

“As a student, who was involved in several protests, I see no reason for the display of outright recklessness by shooting into unarmed protesters by whoever; governmental or otherwise.

“As an elected representative of the people of Osun Central in the Senate, I deprecate the clear lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Executive to the lingering anarchy and destruction of lives and property.

“At the sitting of the Senate on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, it was resolved that the President should address the nation, not knowing that the evening of that day will bring about more sinister dimensions to the already deteriorated situation.”

Also, Senator Ali Ndume lamented the current situation in the nation, especially the killing of innocent protesters by soldiers.

Ndume noted that the President must address the nation immediately in order to reduce the tension in the nation.

“Mr President should talk to Nigerians. The Senate has passed a resolution, even though it is advisory, I think it is worth giving the necessary consideration. The parents of the protesting youths should also calm down their children.

“Those who are protesting now should know that government has accepted their demands. They should be organised under a leadership, which will now follow up on the five-point demand, which the government is already considering.

“Any unconnected process without leadership would always end up in chaos,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Senate has also called on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the ongoing #EndSARS protests nationwide.

The President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan made the call after security briefings on the protests by the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Senate President Lawan said; “All leaders, regardless of their political affiliations, regardless of our religious persuasion, regardless of our geo-political locations, we must stand up and ensure that these protests come to an end because the protests are now taking a different dimension from the originally conceived protest by those who meant well by asking for SARS to be disbanded,” Lawan said.

“Those that are going about protesting have shown clearly that they have no affiliation, no relationship whatsoever with the original #EndSARS protest.

“I’ll take this opportunity to urge all well-meaning Nigerians that this is our country, that everyone must show interest in its survival and in its peace.

“This is a country we have to ensure that it works for all of us. People have the right to say this is not the way they want to go once it is a legitimate way to express themselves through peaceful protest, but we must never allow ourselves to be taken in the wrong direction of violent protest like we have witnessed in some parts of the country,” he added.

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