Newspapers review: President Buhari vows to deal with violent protesters
The newspapers review for Tuesday, December 8, reports on President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to a second EndSARS protest among other stories.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a strong warning that any act of hooliganism perpetrated in the guise of protests will be decisively dealt with.
The Nation reported that the president gave the warning in a statement on Monday, December 7, by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari said acts of violence will be dealt with to ensure peace and stability in the country.
The statement from the president was issued in reaction to reported plans by activists to organise a second EndSARS protest.
Meanwhile, The Punch reported that some members of the EndSARS movement said they would demonstrate because the demands of Nigerians had not been met.
Raphael Adebayo, a leading member of the group reportedly said the protesters would not be deterred by the deployment of policemen and soldiers in Lagos.
“After massacring peaceful protesters in Lekki, General Buhari should know that deploying soldiers is the least of his worries. The issues that brought the youth out in the first place have not been addressed.
“The police have shown Nigerians that the state judicial panels are merely window-dressing the sufferings of the victims of police brutality."
In another news, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has raised concerns over the security situation in the northern parts of Nigeria.
According to Vanguard, the chairman of the forum, Audu Ogbeh said violence has become a means of livelihood for children of the region.
“We are depressed, very depressed. And anyone of us, of our age, who was not depressed, was not well-born, because we have nothing to leave behind for our children, and violence will not sustain us.
‘’The tragedy of the North today is that the only industry left is politics, and politics alone has never grown any society. We have to re-grow Borno State, we have to re-grow the north, we have to re-grow Nigeria.
Meanwhile, a report by The Guardian has disclosed that Nigeria’s national electricity grid has failed 126 times since the nation’s power sector was privatised in 2013.
The newspaper, citing data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), stated that from November 1, 2013, to December 2020, the number of recorded total grid failures was 84, while the grid partially collapsed 43 times.
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