In a bid to ensure peaceful Co-existence in Yobe State, President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned all stakeholders comprising of traditional rulers, religious leaders, politicians, youth and women groups, security agencies, business Community among others in Yobe State for a peace meeting on Sunday at the Banquet Hall, State House, Damaturu.
The President was represented by the State Minister of Works and Housing, Abubabakar D. Aliyu.
According to him, the President in consideration of the EndSARS protest, directed them to deliver messages of hope and assurances to the Youths and citizens in their respective states with a view to improving peace and harmony.
“Mr. President has aknowledged the genuine concerns of the members of the public regarding the excesses and use of force by some members of the SARS. In the spirit of democratic governance and appreciation of the fundamental human rights of all citizens as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and other laws, the present federal administration as you know has always respected the rights of all citizens and also imperatives for them to operate within the dictates of the law”.
In his address, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni said that “we have in the last few days recorded unfortunate and challenging experiences threatening the corporate unity and the very existence of our dear country in what started as a peaceful protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which metamorphosed into violent killings, wanton destruction and massive looting”.
According to him, the hijacking of the protests by hoodlums and the negative vices that followed, is highly condemnable and regrettable.
“The government and people of Yobe state salute President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for promptly disbanding SARS being the cause of the protest. This early response ought to have brought the protest to an end but unfortunately, the organizers prolonged and lost control of the protest until it was hijacked and assumed the obnoxious, destructive and catastrophic dimension”.
He revealed that Yobe state have suffered so much and for too long from the protracted insurgency that bedevilled the state and the North east in general. “We cannot contemplate having additional crises and hardships from the violent protests as we are now battling to resettle, rehabilitate and reclaim means of livelihood for our people”.
Governor Buni used the forum to appreciate Yobe youth for their sense of reasoning and resilience to the challenges of the EndSARS protests. “You have individually and collectively done us proud”.
“I also salute you for your ingenuity in organizing prayer sessions where you prayed for an end to the protests and for peace to reign in Nigeria. You have proven to be different and unique”.
“As your governor, I assure you that government will reciprocate this gesture through robust investments in your future for you to have a prosperous life and to remain shining role models to other youth in the country”.
“I equally appreciate our traditional and religious leaders, elder statesmen, parents and guardians for always preaching peace and peaceful coexistence in our communities. While some states battle with the menace of communal conflicts, Yobe state is free from such plague. I wish to dedicate this successful feat to you all”.
Speaking on the security agencies, he described them as reliable partners who have done so much for Yobe state to enjoy peace and security. “We sincerely appreciate your good efforts and pray for the full return of peace in our state and the country”.
This administration according to him will continue to build tolerance, dialogue and strategic engagements to resolve all differences to promote peace and unity in the state, believing that progress and development can only be achieved in a secured and peaceful environment.
“As a state, we commiserate and share the pain and grief of those who lost their loved ones in the protests in other states”.
“We must all rise to condemn this unwholesome act. We must avoid politicizing the horrendous and senseless attacks, killings and looting. We must support government efforts to rebuild peace and tranquillity for Nigeria to move forward”.