President Buhari addresses Nigerians (Full Statement)


Fellow Nigerians,
It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
2. I must warn those who have hijacked and
misdirected the initial, genuine and well - intended protest of some of our youths in parts of the country, against the excesses of some members of the now disbanded Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
3. On Monday 12th October, I acknowledged
the genuine concerns and agitations of
members of the public regarding the excessive
use of force by some members of SARS.
4. The choice to demonstrate peacefully is a
fundamental right of citizens as enshrined in
Section 40 of our Constitution and other
enactments; but this right to protest also
imposes on the demonstrators the
responsibility to respect the rights of other
citizens, and the necessity to operate within the
5. As a democratic government, we listened to,
and carefully evaluated the five-point demands
of the protesters. And, having accepted them,
we immediately scrapped SARS, and put
measures in place to address the other
demands of our youth.
6. On approving the termination of SARS, I
already made it clear that it was in line with our
commitment to the implementation of extensive
Police reforms.
7. Sadly, the promptness with which we have
acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a
sign of weakness and twisted by some for their
selfish unpatriotic interests.
8. The result of this is clear to all observers:
human lives have been lost; acts of sexual
violence have been reported; two major
correctional facilities were attacked and
convicts freed; public and private properties
completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity
of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of
Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters
have invaded an International Airport and in the
process disrupted the travel plans of fellow
Nigerians and our visitors.
9. All these executed in the name of the
ENDSARS protests. 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.
10. 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.
11. On the contrary, both our deeds and words
have shown how committed this administration
has been to the wellbeing and welfare of
citizens, even with the steadily dwindling
revenues, and the added responsibilities and
restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
12. Government has put in place measures and
initiatives principally targeted at youths, women
and the most vulnerable groups in our society.
These included our broad plan to lift 100 million
Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years;
the creation of N75 billion National Youth
Investment Fund to provide opportunities for
the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through
which government is:
a. paying three months salaries of the staff of
100,000 micro, small - and medium -
b. paying for the registration of 250,000
businesses at the Corporate Affairs
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000
artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of
13. These are in addition to many other
initiatives such as;
a. Farmermoni,
b. Tradermoni,
c. Marketmoni,
d. N-Power,
e. N-Tech and
f. N-Agro.
14. No Nigerian Government in the past has
methodically and seriously approached poverty-
alleviation like we have done.
15. With regard to the welfare of police
personnel, the National Salaries, Income and
Wages Commission has been directed to
expedite action on the finalization of the new
salary structure of members of the Nigeria
Police Force. The emoluments of other
paramilitary services are also being reviewed
16. In order to underscore the importance of
education in preparing youths for the future, this
administration has come up with a new salary
structure and other incentives for our teachers.
17. Let me at this point reaffirm the Federal
Government’s commitment to preserving the
unity of this country.
18. We will continue to improve good
governance and our democratic process,
including through sustained engagement.
19. We shall continue to ensure that liberty and
freedom, as well as the fundamental rights of all
citizens are protected.
20. But remember that government also has the
obligation to protect lives and properties, as well
as the right of citizens to go about their daily
businesses freely and protected from acts of
21. To our neighbours in particular, and
members of the international community, many
of whom have expressed concern about the
ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you
and urge you all to seek to know all the facts
available before taking a position or rushing to
judgment and making hasty pronouncements.
22. In the circumstances, I would like to appeal
to protesters to note and take advantage of the
various well-thought-out initiatives of this
administration designed to make their lives
better and more meaningful, and resist the
temptation of being used by some subversive
elements to cause chaos with the aim of
truncating our nascent democracy.
23. For you to do otherwise will amount to
undermining national security and the law and
order situation. Under no circumstances will
this be tolerated.
24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue
the street protests and constructively engage
government in finding solutions. Your voice has
been heard loud and clear and we are
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their
normal businesses, and enjoin security
agencies to protect lives and properties of all
law abiding citizens without doing harm to
those they are meant to protect. Let me pay
tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force
who have tragically lost their lives in the line of
26. I would like to thank those state Governors,
traditional and religious leaders who have
appealed for calm and restraint. I also thank
youth leaders who have restrained their
followers from taking the law into their hands.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow
anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.
Thank you all. God bless the Federal Republic of
President Buhari addresses Nigerians (Full Statement) President Buhari addresses Nigerians (Full Statement) Reviewed by Ojo Ayomiotan Daniel(c.e.o Ayomite media) on October 22, 2020 Rating: 5

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