Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has urged the youth to discontinue further protests in the country.
There’s been unrest in Nigeria since October 2020 as the youth continue to demand security and governance reforms.
A recent demonstration held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, turned bloody close to the Lekki tollbooth in Lagos after the military reportedly opened fire on the protestors.
Addressing the nation on Thursday, Buhari who expressed disquiet over the happenings in the country called on the youth “to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions.”
“Your voice has been heard loud and clear, and we are responding,” he said.
Although Buhari acknowledged that protests are part of the fundamental rights of the citizens, he was unhappy with the injuries and loss of lives that characterised the demonstrations.
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“I am indeed deeply pained that innocent lives have been lost. These tragedies are uncalled for and unnecessary. Certainly, there is no way whatsoever to connect these bad acts to legitimate expression of grievance of the youth of our country,” President of the most populous country in Africa said.
President Buhari said his government is not oblivious of the hardships of citizens and touted measures put in place to have such issues addressed.
“The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour,” he added in the address.
Both the Africa Union and ECOWAS have condemned the happenings in Nigeria.