With protests across Nigeria nearing the 12-day mark, Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Saturday called for an end to anti-police brutality protests even as law enforcement officers continue to intimidate and threaten demonstrators.
Protests have erupted daily around the world regarding the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). They are now are punctuated with more demands including, calling for an end to bad governance, police reform among others.
Senator Lawan, while speaking to an Abuja State House reporter after a closed-door meeting between himself, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and President Muhammadu Buhari, said the protests have yielded the desired results and that government needs time to address a few of the demands made by the protesting youths.
“Since the issues [raised by the protesters] have been accepted [by the government] the time has come for the protests to stop, government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters” – Senate President, @DrAhmadLawan after meeting with the President this ‘noon. pic.twitter.com/LuVHZEgbUp
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) October 18, 2020
He urged the protesters to give the government time to work on their other demands adding that the demonstrations that now involve blocking of roads will have an enormous economic impact on the country.
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives also called for an end to the protests, arguing that policy matters cannot be met overnight. He however congratulated the protesters for a job well done assuring them that they can continue with the protests if their demands are not met in two weeks.
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