President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has finally spoken on the End SARS Protest which has lead to killings and injury of many in the country.
The End SARS Protest which has become global became a genocide, and as widely reported after Tuesday, 20th October, 2020.
Speaking on the whole event, President Muhammadu Buhari says, “there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country.”
He thereby blame social media for spreading “deliberate falsehood and misinformation.”
“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.
“On the contrary, both our deeds and words have shown how committed this administration has been to the well being and welfare of citizens, even with the steadily dwindling revenues, and the added responsibilities and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.”
He went further to enumerate what he will do for Nigerians, adding that “No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done.”
Warning the international community, he urged them to seek for facts before rushing to make judgements.
“To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.
He thereby, “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.
“For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.
“I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions.
Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.”
Adding that, “Nigerians” should “go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law-abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect.