In response to various communication and public expressions of concerns by the international community over #ENDSARS protests, the Federal government has continued to reassure members of the diplomatic community of their safety in the country.
This reassurance was made during the diplomatic briefing held at Rotunda Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, at the instance of GeofferyOnyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In attendance were all the members of diplomatic corps, the Minister of Aviation, HadiSirika, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, the Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AnthoniaEkpa.
The Ministers called on the Diplomatic Corps to remain calm and go about their duties in the country with precaution; as the government was putting all necessary measures in place in ensuring peace in the country.
According to GeofferyOnyeama, “the government is very mindful of taking necessary measures to ensure that the legitimate demands of the youths are in no way compromised by opportunists who have different agenda and motives and I think this is very important to bear in mind”.
The ENDSARS movement is a nationwide protest against police brutality and extrajudicial killings, which started about two weeks ago; and have attracted international attention to rights violation by security operatives as well as the government’s attitude to the problem.
The nation-wide demonstrations began in response to a video that circulated online showing a man being beaten, apparently by members of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In response to the widespread demonstrations, the Nigerian government immediately disbanded the SARS unit, but the daily protests have continued as the Nigerian youth demand an end to all police brutality and corruption.
Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his remarks called on youths both in Nigeria and in Diaspora to give peace a chance as the government is committed to act on their demands.
Similarly, the Minister of Aviation, HadiSirika and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture reechoed the stance of Geoffrey Onyeama, as they tried to reassure the diplomatic community that the government is doing everything in its capacity to resolve the situation.