Leaders of the National Assembly met President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday and have appealed to #EndSARS protesters to give the government space to execute reforms.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan (APC) and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (APC), met with the president as demonstrations continued around the country. (Read Here)
With the speaker by his side, Mr. Lawan said after the meeting;
“Since the protests have taken place and the demands have been accepted, the time has come for the protests to stop, because government needs to have sufficient time and a clement environment to implement the demands of the protesters.
“I am taking this opportunity to appeal to our youthful protesters that the protests have already yielded the desired results.”
#EndSARS campaigners want the government to visibly dismantle the police unit SARS and initiate reform to end police brutality and corruption. The government has agreed to some of the demands and taken steps to implement them.
“If the issues have not been accepted then there would be genuine reasons to continue with the demonstrations,” said Mr. Lawan. “But since the issues have been accepted, we should give the government time to implement the issues.”
Mr. Lawan said, “We also need to have our economy to continue to go on. When you try to stop everybody from engaging in their local businesses, closing roads to market and other economic places, we detract from the economy of the country and that is not the best way to go.”
But our concern as Youths is: “How much time does the government and Leaders of the National Assembly really need to take action, owing to the fact that this was said four (4) times consecutively by the same people and yielded no results during the period.” (See Here)