- The Nigerian authorities are very much aware of the demands of #EndSARS protesters
- The Senate, however, wants the president to expedite action on the demands of the young protesters
- This is because the protests continue to escalate and gain momentum across the country
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to start implementing the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.
Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, made the call and said the National Assembly would ensure that the five demands made to the executive arm of government by the protesters are implemented.
He gave the assurance during plenary on Thursday, October 15, after the upper chamber was briefed by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.
Abdullahi had led a Senate delegation to interact with the protesters earlier and gave feedback to his colleagues.
On the attacks against the protesters, the Senate leader:
“We implored them to submit a catalogue of their complaints and the damages or injuries that were inflicted upon them so that these can be conveyed to the appropriate authorities for interventions.
“I just wanted to inform my colleagues, so that we put this particular issue on record.”
In his remarks, Lawan who described the demands by the protesters as legitimate said the National Assembly would prevail on the Executive arm of government to ensure expeditious implementation.
He, however, urged the protesters to go back home so as to give the federal government the chance to see to the implementation of their demands.
“Nigerians, let me say, have the right to peaceful demonstration. When they feel very strongly about issues, they can do so to call the attention of the leaders of this country for appropriate action to be taken.
“What I’ll urge here is if such demands have been accepted, then we should expedite taking action to actualize them.”
Meanwhile, as the protests continue to escalate in some parts of the country, the Nigerian Governors Forum on Wednesday, October 14 in Abuja met with Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the issue and the way forward.
The governors have also resolved to meet with identified leaders of the #EndSARS protesters to persuade them to end the street rallies.
On its part, The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed dismay over some violence-related protests across the country.
The AFN frowned at the increasing number of attacks on peaceful protesters by thugs and miscreants, warning that the unfolding event against peace-loving Nigerians will not be condoned.
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