President Buhari CoS to visit traditional rulers over youth restiveness
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said that his chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari and his team will be meeting traditional rulers across the country to help appease to maintain peace.
This was coming against the backdrop of the recent #endsars protest organised by the youth and the subsequent riot triggered by the shooting of unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Plaza, in Lagos.
President Buhari who spoke while receiving the United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed counseled the youth to keep the peace in their best interest.
“I have sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths,” Buhari told the UN DSG.
“It is in the interest of the youths to keep the peace. They want jobs, infrastructure and development. The views of the youths have been heard.
“Our own generation is on the last lap, we are exiting,” President Buhari said in response to the recent EndSARS protest, and the mayhem and destruction of public and private property that came in its wake.
He said that the current administration inherited severe infrastructural deficits, “and that is what we are fighting to correct. We can’t just sit, fold our hands, and do nothing. We are doing our best within the limits of resources.”
President Buhari rued the fact that COVID-19 has shrunk the global economy, noting that “this is something you can’t see, smell, or hear,” but which has wrought devastation on lives and livelihoods round the world.
On climate change, he said Nigeria was concerned about the recharge of Lake Chad, which has great implications on security, irregular migration, and livelihoods.
The Deputy Secretary-General said she was on a courtesy call with her team to flag interest on challenges that concern the UN, particularly COVID-19, climate change, security, and humanitarian responses to the diverse challenges.