Joe Biden, UN Call For End To Nigeria’s Violence On #EndSARS Protesters

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The US presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to cease the violent crackdown on #EndSARS protesters.

In a statement released on Biden’s official website on Wednesday, the ex-Vice President asked the federal government to engage in dialogue with the civil society in order to address citizens’ grievances.

He added that the United States must show solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully seeking police reform and asking for an end to corruption. “I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” he said.

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.

He added, “I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”

Also the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and his deputy, Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian Minister of the Environment, called on the Nigerian government to end the killing of anti-police brutality protesters in Nigeria.

Guterres who said he is following the developments in the country, condemned the killing of activists demanding police reforms in Lagos and other parts of the nation in a statement on Wednesday.

He also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. He called on the authorities to investigate the incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.

The statement read, “The Secretary-General is following recent developments in Nigeria and calls for an end to reported police brutality and abuses. He condemns the violent escalation on October 20 in Lagos which resulted in multiple deaths and caused many injuries.

“The Secretary-General urges the security forces to act at all times with maximum restraint while calling on protestors to demonstrate peacefully and to refrain from violence.”

The global body encouraged the authorities to swiftly explore avenues to de-escalate the situation and reiterated its readiness to support national efforts towards finding a solution.

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