BREAKING: Buhari mum on Lekki shooting, reads the riot act to youths *Leave the streets now!

By Editor on 22/10/2020

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered rampaging youths across the nation to vacate immediately as the nation could no longer afford the effects of their destructive activities, which has resulted in the killing and maiming of fellow Nigerians.

The President in a nationwide broadcast, brushed aside Tuesday’s shooting at the Lekki tollgate, which sparked off a more intensive offensives in many parts of the country, particularly Lagos, where several properties were burnt in addition to the invasion of the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu.

Buhari, in a 27-paragraph speech, regretted the extent a hitherto peaceful protest had gone and the dangerous bent it had taken with not only the   massive destruction of properties, but the killing of innocent people, especially security personnel alongside breaking of jail houses.

Recalling how he promptly acceded to the request of the youths when they began their protests, under the platform of #EndSARS, he regretted that the agitators might have taken his attitude as to imply weakness, but added that he would no longer stand by and look on while the country was being ruined by their activities.

He also addressed the international community, saying even though their concern over the development in the country was being appreciated, they must have a clear understanding of the issues before making comments or taking positions.

Part of the address read: “It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.

“I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well - intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

“On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged the genuine concerns and agitations of members of the public regarding the excessive use of force by some members of SARS.

“The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.

“As a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

“On approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

“Sadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

“The result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.

“All these executed in the name of the ENDSARS protests. I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.

“The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.

“On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the wellbeing and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.”

Reeling out all the steps he had taken to take care of Nigerian people, especially youths, despite the daunting odds, Buhari, who revealed that a new salary structure was being worked out for the police and other para-military agencies, emphasized that freedom must always go with responsibility.

Hear him: “We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all citizens are protected. But remember that government also has the obligation to protect lives and properties, as well as the right of citizens to go about their daily businesses freely and protected from acts of violence.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on October, 22 2020

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