In the wake of #EndSARS protests that have engulfed many states across the country in the last two weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the protesters to discontinue the street protests.
He made the appeal in a broadcast to the nation Thursday night, saying the young people have been heard and steps are being taken to address their demands.
Buhari however, warned that his government would not tolerate breakdown of law and order, calling on the protesting youths to stay off streets.
His words, “The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in Section 40 of our Constitution and other enactments; but this right to protest also imposes on the demonstrators the responsibility to respect the rights of other citizens, and the necessity to operate within the law.
“I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
“For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.
The President expressed deep pain that innocent lives have been lost, saying “these tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.
He advised the international community, “many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements.”