EndSARS: Senate President meets Buhari, begs youth to halt protest
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan has begged the EndSARS protesters to halt protests, adding that if nothing is done within one week, the youths should re-embark on the protest.
Lawan said this in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the #EndSARS protest, together with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Lawan told State House correspondents that the country and its leaders are passing through a trying time, adding that the protesting youths should consider halting the protests since the government has already started attending to their demands.
He also said that meeting with the President was to review the situation and see the roles the two arms of government should play in ensuring that the demands of the protesters are properly addressed.
He said, “This is certainly a trying moment for our country and the leadership of this country.
“As the National Assembly, we believe we have critical and crucial roles in ensuring that the current situation of protests across the country is brought to an end.
“I have heard the stories that ‘we have heard end SARS like four times before’. That is what people are saying.
“Like I said, you have never heard it from Mr. President, but now, he has said so. So, let us tarry a little while. Let us sit back. We have got what we want, let us sit back and see what happens.
“If you like, you begin your protests again if nothing happens in two weeks. But let us not continue this thing and lose the plot. That is what I don’t want.
“Some of these things are policy matters that are not going to happen overnight. You are not going to have electricity overnight; it is not going to happen tomorrow. Free road is not going to happen tomorrow.
“It is a process and the important thing is that the government has heard you loud and clear. It is a continuous engagement. We will be engaging our youths in matters of policy and communicate with Mr. President as well on what needs to be done.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News