President Buhari at the National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Tuesday, said that he will not allow the #EndSARS protest that crippled the country in October, to repeat again.
Presiding over the meeting, stated that “relevant stakeholders” including the youth, will be carried along in every government plan so as to prevent another youth uprising.
While briefing journalists after the meeting, the minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, was asked if the government would go tough on protesters, and he replied;
“What we are saying is that government will continue to dialogue, it will continue to listen and will continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that destroyed a lot of properties, public and private, in this country.”
The #EndSARS protest against police brutality was hijacked by hoodlums who caused mayhem, looting, mass destruction, and killings. This led to trillions of naira losses
Continuing, the police affairs minister said that Buhari expressed his appreciation to the NSC members for all their efforts in maintaining peace. He also assured them of doing ‘whatever it takes’ to support security agencies.
“Mr. President assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure a repeat of EndSARS protests does not occur in Nigeria,” he said.
“Mr. President reassured that all stakeholders will be involved in the process of maintaining peace in the country, particularly the youth, community leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, public servants, religious leaders, etc.
“The federal government will continue to maintain its bureaucratic, humane, and just postures in handling security matters in the country.”
He said the meeting noted “with concern” the increasing cases of armed banditry, particularly in the north-west and north-east.
The NSC is made up of all heads of security agencies in Nigeria as well as other key federal government officials and ministers.
Meanwhile, police in Lagos had prevented a meeting of #EndSARS organisers from holding at the Afrika Shrine.
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