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Buhari to youths stop protests, we have heard you loud and clear

By Amidu Arije

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged #ENDSARS protesters to stop protest that their voices have been heard loud and clear and that all their demands will be met.

The President made the appeal during a live broadcast to Nigerians on Thursday over the crisis that followed the #ENDSARS protests across the country where lives were lost and properties destroyed.

“In the circumstances, I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.

I, therefore, call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.”

He, however, warned youths against continued protest as he said anyone who flouts the order would be decisively dealt with.

“For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.”

President Buhari promised to protect the lives and property of the citizens.

He said: “We shall continue to ensure that liberty and freedom as well as the fundamental human rights of all citizens are protected.”

As a way of assuaging the youths as part of their request, the president said the welfare of the police remains a priority and that new salary structure will be announced soon.

“With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

Sympathising with families who lost loved ones to the unrest, the president said: “I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. 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.

The President also blamed the crisis on false social media message been believed by many Nigerians.

He said: “The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour.”

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