Following various demands from within and outside Nigeria, and after meeting with top government officials and all the Security Chiefs, President Muhammadu Buhari in a much-anticipated national broadcast has addressed the nation over the #EndSARS protests.
In the 15 minutes broadcast, the President expressed reassurance of his government’s determination for peace and stability of the nation. While he acknowledged the fundamental right of the protesters to express their concerns, the President blamed hoodlums and politically-motivated infiltrators for the unrest that has gripped the nation in the past weeks and expressed regrets over lives that have been lost.
He also refuted claims that the government was oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens and blamed social-media propagandists for such narrative, cautioning members of the public against deliberate spreading of falsehood and misinformation through the social media.
President Buhari further reeled out the achievements his administration has recorded on the well-being and welfare of police personnel, and citizens in general. He especially noted those initiatives principally targeted at youths, which have been put in place by his government and called for an end to the protests.
“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.”
The President also called out members of the International Community who have reacted to the #EndSARS protests admonishing them about making hasty, uninformed judgments.
“To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements”.
The President’s address has however been trailed with diverse reactions and the effects of the address will be reflected in what happens in the coming days.