- FG said it would implement all demands by the EndSARS protesters
- The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, October 20
- Onyeama said the government would not allow people with an ulterior motive to hijack the EndSARS movement
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The federal government has pledged its commitment to implement all demands made by the EndSARS protesters across the country.
Daily Trust reports that the government made this known on Tuesday, October 20, while meeting the members of the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria in Abuja, adding that it would not allow the people with an ulterior motive to hijack the EndSARS movement.
Legit.ng gathered that the Diplomatic Corps was briefed by the minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed, and the aviation minister Hadi Sirika.
The ministers maintained that the meeting was aimed at informing the international community of the federal government’s response to the initial demands of the protesters which were immediately acted upon.
In his comments, Onyeama said President Muhammadu Buhari listened to the concerns of Nigerians from the outset of the protest by immediately disbanding the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and directed the immediate reform of the police.
The minister said as a government that respects its constitutions which allows for freedom of speech and lawful assembly, it allowed Nigerians to embark on the #EndSARS protests to air their demands.
He said that unfortunately, the movement which was a peaceful protest has been hijacked by those with hidden agendas that want to disrupt the democratic process of the country, warning that the government will not condone anarchy.
Onyeama, however, urged protesting Nigerians to stick to the main demands of police reforms, adding that the government is committed to addressing all other issues they have highlighted in the course of time.
“Mr. President listened and took very seriously the demands of the movement and directed response by the government."
Speaking at the meeting, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the UN appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian government in handling the situation.
Kallon, who was represented by the Country Representative of the UN Office on Drug and Crime, Oliver Stope, pledged the UN’s commitment to ensuring a sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the government of the United States warned its nationals in Nigeria to stay off areas of protests amid heightened tension generated by the ongoing EndSARS demonstrations.
It was reported that the warning was given in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 20, following reports of violence and alleged shooting of the protesters.
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