Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, has urged the #EndSARS protesters demanding for an end to police brutality in the country to end their protests as the Federal Government needs time to implement their demands.
Senator Lawan said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.
The Senate President was accompanied to the meeting by Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Nigerians across the federation have been protesting for the past 12 days under the #EndSARS movement, clamouring for the scrapping of the now-disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, as well as an end to police brutality and extortion in the country.
Senator Lawan, however, said the Federal Government has accepted the demands of the protesters and said the protesters should halt their demonstrations.
He said the government needs time to implement the reform of the police form.
He said: “Very critical to mention at this point is that since the protests have taken place, and the issues have been accepted, the time has come for the protests to stop, because government needs to have sufficient time, a clement environment to implement the demands of the protesters.
“We also need to have our economy to continue to go on. When you try to stop everybody from engaging in their businesses, closing the roads to markets and other economic places, we distract the economy of the country, and that is not the best way to go.
“If the issues had not been accepted, then there would have been genuine reasons to continue with the demonstrations. But since the issues have been accepted, we should give government time to implement the issues.
“Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to appeal to our youth who are protesting, that the protests have already yielded the desired result.
“First of all, they said ‘end SARS’ — that was the beginning. SARS was ended, not by the IGP; SARS was ended by the president. President Muhammadu Buhari made a statement — a presidential statement, and that will be the first time that any president will say ‘end SARS’. And SARS has ended. The other issues followed.”
“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