#EndSARS: Backlash Trails President’s Buhari Speech On Nigeria’s Current Security Situation

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President Muhammadu Buhari faced fresh backlash on Thursday following his long-awaited address on the ongoing #EndSARS protests and current security situation in the country.

In his less-than 15-minute long live broadcast, the President assured the protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’ and urged them to discontinue their demonstrations, saying ‘we are responding’.

Buhari, however, kept mum on the shootings by soldiers in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State and other parts of the country, an issue many had expected him to address.

He spoke on everything else from the dissolution of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit at the centre of the protests, to some steps being taken to meet the five-point demands of protesters, police reforms, the involvement of the international community and poverty alleviation initiatives targetted at the youth and other vulnerable groups in society.

Many Nigerians have been enraged by the President’s speech and have taken to social media to express their despair and disappointment over his handling of the situation. Some pointed out that he didn’t address the Lekki shooting and the lives lost. Most said they have no more hope in Nigeria and expressed eagerness to leave the county.

See few reactions below:

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