Following the recent attacks and abuses on ENDSARS protesters in Nigeria, the United Nations has called on the Nigerian government and the security forces to respect the peaceful protest and freedom of assembly of its citizenries in a bid to find a lasting solution to their demands.
Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General in a statement condemned the killing of protesters who were demanding for police reforms across the country; calling on authorities to investigate the incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.
The UN Chief who lauded the Nigerian government for disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS) and undertaking a broader police reform, reiterated his readiness to support the country’s efforts towards finding a lasting solution.
Antonio further expressed his condolences to the bereaved families, as he wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
In addition, Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General has called for an end to human right violations, as she urged the security forces in the country to exercise maximum restraint in discharging their duty.
According to her, “the UN and I are following the protest in Nigeria calling for an end to human rights violations”.
“I join the UNSG in stressing the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and call on the security forces to exercise maximum restraints”. She added.
The ENDSARS movement in Nigeria has continued to regenerate interest from members of the international community who have continued to urge the government to give listening ears to the demands of the citizenries.