By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja |
Former Nigerian leaders yesterday condemned what they described as divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists in respect of the #EndSARS protest, saying such acts ought to be stopped.
At a digital assembly with President Muhammadu Buhari, every of the previous heads of state and presidents counseled the actions taken by state governors to handle the calls for of the protesters and their efforts to verify the excesses of those that perpetrated violent acts and conduct.
They counseled President Buhari for the efforts made up to now to revive calm and order to the nation.
They applauded the presidential broadcast of Thursday as detailed and soothing to the nation.
The assembly additionally had the nation’s safety chiefs and prime authorities officers in attendance.
These current on the Council Chambers with President Buhari included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; secretary to authorities of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; chief of employees to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and nationwide safety adviser (NSA), Main Common Babagana Monguno(rtd).
Others have been the Chief of Defence Employees, Common Gabriel Olanisakin; Inspector Common of Police, Mohammed Adamu; director-general of Division of State Providers (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and director-general of Nationwide Intelligence Company (NIA), Ahmed Rufai.
The previous leaders who attended the assembly included Gen Yakubu Gowon (rtd), President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen Abulsalami Abubakar (rtd) and Goodluck Jonathan.
Particularly, former President Obasanjo lauded President Buhari for addressing the nation in a nationwide broadcast, saying the president was on level in his speech.
‘’I commend the speech of final night time. The nation had been ready. You made factors that I consider should be counseled. Peaceable demonstration is a part of democratic observe. The calls for of the real protesters have been accepted, and you’re engaged on implementation. We commend you,’’ an announcement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted Obasanjo as saying.
The previous heads of state and presidents have been additionally unanimous of their view that era of employment and rising the economic system together with via direct overseas investments have been crucial to checking youth restiveness.
In addition they expressed their condolences to the bereaved households of civilians, policemen and troopers killed because of the violent protest, and reaffirmed the dedication to respect the elemental rights of residents, together with for peaceable protest as enshrined within the Structure.
They referred to as on the youths to pursue peaceable means in looking for redress via engagement with Authorities and inspired additional dialog with the youths and different stakeholders within the nation.
Talking earlier, President Buhari informed the previous leaders that the preliminary real and well-intended protest of youths in elements of the nation in opposition to the disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.
President Buhari reiterated that the federal government wouldn’t fold its arms and permit miscreants and criminals proceed to perpetrate acts of hooliganism within the nation.
The president recounted the preliminary concessions made by his administration on the calls for of youths protesting in opposition to the excesses of some members of the SARS.
He recalled that the youths had demanded that the squad be disbanded and additional articulated extra calls for.
He listed the calls for to incorporate: ‘’The rapid launch of all arrested protesters. Justice for deceased victims of police brutality and acceptable compensation for his or her households.
‘’Establishing an impartial physique to supervise the investigation and prosecution of all reviews of police misconduct inside 10 days. Psychological analysis and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers earlier than they are often re-deployed; and improve in police wage.’’
The president stated, ‘’We accepted all of the calls for and proceeded instantly to scrap SARS and began the method of addressing the opposite calls for.
‘’Sadly, the protesters refused to name off the protest and have interaction the federal government to handle their grievances. As a substitute, they turned emboldened and regularly turned violent.’’
President Buhari expressed concern that within the mayhem that ensued, many lives have been misplaced, a lot of private and non-private properties fully destroyed or vandalized.
Reiterating his pledge to Nigerians from the nationwide broadcast Thursday, the President reaffirmed: ‘’We are going to proceed to enhance good governance via our democratic course of together with via sustained engagement.
‘’We will additionally proceed to make sure that liberty and freedom, in addition to the elemental rights of all residents are protected. Right here, I wish to additionally reaffirm our dedication to preserving the unity of this nation.”
The president thanked the previous heads of state for attending the assembly and their invaluable feedback, observations and recommendation, including that ‘’Nigerians anticipate nothing much less from accountable statesmen.’’