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‘All Hooligans Hiding Under #Endsars Protests Will Be Dealt With’ – Buhari

Published by on December 7th, 2020.


 

President Muhammadu Buhari Has Warned That Any Act Of Hooliganism Hiding Behind Lawful And Peaceful Protests Will Be Dealt With Decisively To Ensure Peace And Stability In The Country.

There have been reports that the #EndSARS protest against police brutality, which was quashed by law enforcement two months ago, was going to be reignited this week.

The police has also warned against future protests.

While virtually declaring open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020, President Buhari commended the nation’s armed forces for their efforts at swiftly restoring law and order in various states of the federation in the wake of the protests.

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The army’s conference held on Monday, December 7, 2020.

The #EndSARS protests were largely peaceful across the country until hoodlums were hired to infiltrate the ranks of the protesters and attack them.

On October 20, 2020, armed soldiers fired live rounds into a crowd of peaceful, unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

President Buhari is yet to acknowledge the Lekki shooting. His administration has also gone to war with CNN for its reporting on the Lekki shooting.

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Reiterating government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests responsibly and in accordance with the laws of the land, the president recounted that the #EndSARS protests were sadly hijacked by hooligans to cause wanton damage to lives and property in many cities across the country.

The president described 2020 as a very challenging year, citing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of national life.

”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.

”The army’s support of civil authorities in the management of the COVID – 19 pandemic is a case in point.

”Also, the peaceful elections conducted in Edo and Ondo States would not have been achieved without the high level of professionalism displayed by all security agencies, including the army,”

Buhari said at the conference themed: Human Capacity Development in Sustaining Professionalism and Responsiveness of the Nigerian Army in the Discharge of its Constitutional Roles.

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