Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the National Security Council he will not allow a repeat of the #EndSARS protests and called for proactive measures to end the increasing rate of armed banditry particularly in the north-west and northeastern states.
The country’s Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by the president.
Dingyadi explained that in vowing to do everything within his power to prevent a reoccurrence of the #EndSARS protests, the president assured that he will carry all stakeholders, including the youth along in the process of maintaining peace in the country.
“On the issue of #EndSARS protests, what we are saying is that the government will continue to dialogue, it will continue to listen and will continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that destroyed a lot of properties, public and private, individuals in this country.
“Mr. President assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure the repeat of #EndSARS protests does not occur in Nigeria again,” he said.
“Mr President reassured that all stakeholders will be involved in the Process of maintaining peace in the country, particularly the youth, community leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, public servants, religious leaders,” he noted.
According to the minister, the council reviewed the security situation of the country and noted with concern the increasing rate of armed banditry in the country.
“The meeting noted with concern the increasing cases of armed banditry particularly in the north-west and northeastern part of the country. The meeting agreed to be more proactive in dealing with the situation in a more decisive manner.
“The Federal Government will continue to maintain its bureaucratic, humane and just postures in handling security matters in the country.”
By Abel Ejikeme