End SARS: 'Come For Dialogue With My Govt On Police Reforms, Don't Be Afraid' – Buhari Tells Youths
Buhari has warned against use of violent force against any innocent persons in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari last night pleaded with Nigerian youths to end street protests and engage his government in meaningful discussions on police reforms.
Buhari stated that Nigerian youths should engage his administration in discussions that would bring about comprehensive reforms to end all forms of police brutality again.
The President disclosed this in his message to the maiden National Youth Day celebration, observed on November 1, which coincided with the African Youth Day celebration, according to Daily Post.
Represented by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, Buhari assured that his administration has heard the pleas of Nigerian youths.
A statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu quoted the President as the Federal Government ‘‘now wants to hear concrete and practical ideas, from the youths, while acknowledging their constitutional right to peaceful protests.
According to him, he said: ”You must realize that protests cannot last indefinitely. My government will not lift a hand to stop or suppress you.
”However, the fact of the matter is that other forces and actors will seek to take over your protests that they may redirect them in ways you did not intend and perhaps do not agree with.
''Every successful protest movement the world over has understood that there comes a time when activity must move from the street to the negotiation table. That time for you has come. Do not be afraid of this reality. You should welcome it.”
It would be recalled that the Nigerian youths had recently protested against police brutality in the country, leading to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, a unit in the Nigerian Police Force.