#EndSARS: Any Act Of Hooliganism Behind Peaceful Protests Will Be Dealt With, Says Buhari


#EndSARS: Youths Are Entitled To Protests As Long As It Is Peaceful - President BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has issued a stern warned against any form of violent protests, saying that his administration will deal decisively with “any act of hooliganism hiding behind peaceful protests”.

The President said although his government believes in the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests, such must be done responsibly.

Buhari stated these while virtually declaring open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

This comes amid reports of possible fresh #EndSARS protests being under way in Lagos, Ogun, Osun and other states.

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The President regretted the violence that trailed the last protests, saying;

Let me also mention the EndSARS protest which was recently hijacked by hoodlums which resulted in loss of lives and property in many situations across the country.

I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests.

However, this must be done responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land.

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He added;

I also want to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests, will be highly dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation.

On this note, I commend the Nigeria Army for their efforts to swiftly restore law and order in many states during the last scale of criminality that ensued in the wake of the EndSARS protests.

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Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement later released quoted Buhari as describing 2020 as a very challenging year.

He said the President cited the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of national life, adding;

Despite this, I am pleased to note that the Army remained resolute in the discharge of its Constitutional roles and in keeping the wealth and welfare of our soldiers a priority.

President Buhari then commended the Army for its unwavering commitment towards curtailing the activities of insurgents, armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other violent criminals through ongoing exercises and operations in different parts of the country.

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