- The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to address the nation to douse the rising tension over the #EndSARS protest
- The Senate also asked police to ensure the peaceful protests are not hijacked by the hoodlums
- Similarly, the Red Chamber urged the protesters to suspend the protest to allow the government to start implementing their demands
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As #EndSARS protests continue nationwide with pockets of violence in some states, the Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation.
Daily Trust reported that the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday, October 20, also urged the federal government to faithfully implement all the protesters’ five demands.
The Senate appealed to the youth to stop the protests to enable the government to commence actions in meeting their demands, just as it directed the police authorities to deploy officers to protect peaceful protesters from attacks by hoodlums.
President Buhari recently presents the 2021 Budget Proposal at a joint session of the National Assembly.
Photo credit: Femi Adesina
The lawmakers explained that addressing the nation by President Buhari will douse the rising agitation by the youth who are protesting against the atrocities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police.
These followed a motion by Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) which was co-sponsored by all the other senators.
In his contribution, Senator Adamu Aliero while seconding the motion, urged the federal government to dialogue with the #EndSARS protesters to stop the protests, The Nation reported.
Senator Aliero, however, advised the Nigerian government to use every means at its disposal to quell the protests if dialogue fails to achieve the desired results.
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Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has vowed that he would not sign off the 2021 budget unless there is an adequate provision for compensation of victims of police brutality in Nigeria.
The speaker described the protesting youth across the country as midwives of national rebirth, saying their agitation has brought about a historical moment in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that while addressing his colleagues during the plenary on Tuesday, October 20, the speaker said the protesting youths have moved the nation to action.
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