- Femi Gbajabiamila has vowed that he would not sign off the 2021 budget if the EndSARS victims are not compensated
- The speaker of the House of Representatives made this known on Tuesday, October 20
- Gbajabiamila noted that the EndSARS protest has brought about a historical moment in the country
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Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has vowed that he would not sign off the 2021 budget unless there is an adequate provision for compensation of victims of police brutality in Nigeria.
The Nation reports that the speaker described protesting youths across the country as midwives of national rebirth, saying their agitation has brought about a historical moment in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that while addressing his colleagues during the plenary on Tuesday, October 20, the speaker said the protesting youths have moved the nation to action.
“You (protesting youths) have moved a nation to action, and now you must join in doing the hard work of making real the vision of a more just, more prosperous, and more resilient nation.
“We see your true cause. Please do not allow your righteous cause to be hijacked by those with base motives, who see in this moment an opportunity to pursue vendettas, to spread division, exploit the many existing fissures that exist in our society and bring our nation to its knees.
“You have raised your voices and marched to demand a better Nigeria. From Abuja to Washington, to Calgary and London, your voices have been heard. Do not allow anybody to convince you that to withdraw from the streets now is to concede defeat."
The speaker said the time has come for the nation to reconsider the system of funding education, stating that the current one is a great disservice to the nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continued to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.
It was reported that the decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station.
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