Nigerian Senate asks President Buhari to speak on #endsars protest
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address the nation on the raging #ENDSARS protests embarked on by youth to protest Police brutality in the country.
A former Kebbi State governor Adamu Aliero also called on President Buhari to adopt the use of force if dialogue fails.
Seconding Tuesday’s motion sponsored by Senator Abiodun Olujumi and co-sponsored by all other Senators, Aliero said, “While seconding, I want to also suggest very strongly that dialogue should be used to get the youths to suspend the #ENDSARS protest. Where dialogue fails then we should use whatever means possible otherwise it will lead to anarchy.”
He noted that “already, a number of people have been killed and no responsible Government would allow lawlessness to take place while it is in power and for that reason Government should use whatever means possible to ensure that it bans the #ENDSARS movement.
“Of course in liberal democracy like ours protests take place but where it is being hijacked by hoodlums using violence on innocent citizens, Government should use its constitutional powers by ensuring that law and order is maintained.
“It is for that reason that I am supporting this motion and I am urging my colleagues to do the same” Aliero stated.
Adopting the motion, the Senate approved that all tiers of government should put in place machinery to address socio-economic issues affecting youths across the country.
It equally called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to embark on a comprehensive reform in the police.
The Senate asked the protesting youths to approach the Constitution Review Committees of the National Assembly and present issues they would want to be amended.
The Senate advised the President to immediately set up a Judicial Panel of enquiry to probe cases of abuse of human rights by policemen in the past.