Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, on Thursday asked the #EndSARS protesters demonstrating against police brutality and extortion across the country to suspend their protests and return to their homes.
Senator Lawan made the appeal at plenary after Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, the Senate Majority Leader, briefed the Senate on the outcome of his meeting with the #EndSARS protesters on Wednesday.
Many Nigerians have for the past nine days been clamouring for the scrapping of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS), as well as a holistic reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
The protesters had on Wednesday blocked the National Assembly entrance, forcing Senator Lawan to ask Senator Abdullahi and the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, to meet with them.
After the presentation by the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Lawan said the suspension of the protest will enable the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari work on the implementation of the five-point agenda as demanded by the protesters.
The Senate President also asked the president to speed up the activitation of the reform programme of the police force.
said, “Nigerians have the right to a peaceful demonstration when they feel very strongly about issues.
“They can do so to call the attention of the leaders of this country for the appropriate actions to be taken.
“The government has responded, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad has been disbanded.
“All the five demands of the protesters have been accepted.
” I believe that when protesters’ demands are met, their goals should have been achieved.
“Therefore, there’s a need for our compatriots to go back home and give the government the chance to quickly and expeditiously implement those demands.
“Both chambers of the National Assembly have identified with the protests that they are legitimate and the demands are legitimate.
“The next vital stage is for the protest to stop because the initial reasons for the protests have been accepted as facts and the government is trying to do everything possible.
“I will urge the government, including us, we should push the executive arm of government to ensure that those demands are implemented as quickly as possible.”