- The leadership of the National Assembly has met with President Buhari over the #EndSARS protest
- Senate president Lawan and the Speaker of the House, Gbajabiamila urged the youths to suspend the protests as the FG has accepted all their demands
- Lawan added that if not suspended, the protest will adversely affect the economy and degenerate into chaos
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The leadership of the National Assembly has appealed to the Nigerian youths to suspend the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests.
ThisDay reported that the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, made the appeal on Sunday, October 18, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to them, the protests should stop since the Nigerian government has accepted the demands listed by the youth protesters.
Lawan said the Nigerian government needs time and a conducive environment to implement what the protesters are asking for just as he gave the assurance that the National Assembly will play its required roles on the issues.
The Senate president whose statement was also reported by The Nation said the protest will hurt the country's economy if it is allowed to continue.
He said the blocking of roads by the protesters will not only adversely affect the economy but also lead to chaos.
Also speaking, Gbajabiamila said President Buhari has accepted "absolutely everything that Nigerians asked for".
He urged the youths to suspend the protest and resume "if nothing happens in two weeks".
Gbajabiamila explained that some of the demands by the protesters were policy matters which will not happen overnight.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had issued a strong warning to the #EndSARS protesters.
The government said it would not allow the country to be thrown into anarchy following the violence that has trailed the #EndSARS protests.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this on Saturday, October 17, when he featured on a late-night Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) news programme, “Weekend File.”
Also, following the purported report that he is one of the sponsors of the #EndSARS protest in Lagos and other parts of the country, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reacted.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu described the report as false and misleading.
Meanwhile, popular Nigerian singer, Falz, has no doubt had a loud voice since the #EndSARS protests started and he recently took to his social media pages to give protesters progress reports.
The music star revealed in a short clip that the presidency had approved that a judicial panel of inquiry should be set up that would look into all cases of police brutality in the state.
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