Nigerian Army may step in to quell #endsars protest, issues warning to protesters
The Nigerian military may step in to curtail the spread of the ongoing protest by the youth tagged #endsars as the army issued warning against people it termed “subversive elements and trouble makers” to desist from such acts or face its wrath.
In a statement by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, a colonel on Thursday, the army stated that said it will “deal with any situation decisively” in its determination to defending the country and her democracy “at all cost.”
Though the army did not make any reference to the ongoing protest by the #endsars campaigners, the statement is seen in the light of disruption to public activities and a new dimension where sponsored thugs have been attacking the protesters.
“Nigerian Army remains resolute to the peace and stability of the nation,’ the statement stated
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security, and defence of democracy in Nigeria.
“As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.
“The NA hereby, warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defending the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively.”
The military authorities directed officers and men “never to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity.”
The ongoing campaign by the #endsars group entered its 11th day, even after the government said it has acceded to its demand for reform in the Nigerian Police Force and the scarping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been accused of brutality and in some cases criminal exploitation of Nigerians.
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