After weeks of #EndSARS protests against police brutality, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday, October 22.
In his address to the nation on Thursday night, Buhari said that the voice of the protesters have been heard.
The president spoke about the review of salaries for police personnel and the initiatives of his administration targeted especially at youths.
In this piece, Legit.ng highlights some key points from the president's speech.
1. Poverty alleviation initiatives
President Buhari in his national broadcast called on Nigerians to take advantage of some of the poverty alleviation initiatives by his administration, targeted especially at youths, women, and the most vulnerable groups in the society.
This includes the creation of the N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund.
Other initiatives are Farmermoni, Tradermoni, Marketmoni, N-Power, N-Tech and N-Agro.
2. Appealing to youths to call off protests
The president assured the #EndSARS protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’. While appealing to them to discontinue the street protests, Buhari urged the youths to constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
3. Review of salaries for police personnel
President Buhari stated that there would be an upward review of salaries of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) personnel in regard to their welfare.
He went on to note that the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission have already been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the police.
4. Protesters demands
According to Buhari, his administration is already working to meet the five-point demands of the protesters calling for an end to police brutality.
He went on to note that his government listened to, and carefully evaluated the demands of the protesters, adding that measures have been put in place to address the demands.
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5. Stern warning to protest hijackers
The Nigerian leader issued a stern warning to those who have hijacked the protests in some parts of the country.
The president said:
"I must warn those who have hijacked and misdirected the initial, genuine and well - intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)."
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