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Published On: Fri, Oct 23rd, 2020

#EndSARS protest: Senate begs Nigerian leaders to help quell crisis

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By Musa Baba Adamu

Worried by the crisis bedeviling the country from the seemingly unending #EndSARs protests in many parts of the country, the Senate Wednesday appealed to leaders in the country across religious, political, ethnic and regional divides, to join government in quelling it.
Expressing the worry of the upper legislative chamber after marathon meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu and Director General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said intervention of leaders at all levels in putting a stop to the protests is highly needed now.
Lawan who had meeting with the security chiefs along with the entire leadership of the Senate, said what started as a very legitimate peaceful protests on equally legitimate demands, has turned violent and completely hijacked by those who don’t know what the #EndSARS Protesters came out for in the first place.
“The time has come for the hijacked protests to stop, requiring intervention of leaders at all levels across the country regardless of religious, ethinic, political etc, differences.
“Those who started the protests are no doubt, Patriots , the very reason the Senate in its first resolution on it two weeks ago , supported them and called on the Federal government to accede to their five – point demand.
“Also at that time, President Muhamnadu Buhari also responded well by not only endorsing the disbandment of Special Anti Robbery Squad ( SARS) but declaring that holistic reform would be carried out in the Police.
“Our appeal to Nigerians at this time, particularly leaders, is to join government in bringing an end to the now hijacked protests , for government to address the issues raised before violence set in”, he said.
He added that Nigerians should not allow themselves to be taken in the wrong direction as being witnessed in some states of the federation.
“The Senate at any time, supports legitimate and peaceful protests by any Nigerian or group of Nigerians but not in support of any violent protest”, he stressed.
The IGP declined speaking with journalists when approached for comments on situations on ground.

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