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Senate leadership meets security chiefs, seeks stoppage of protests

 [The leadership of the Senate on Wednesday called on all well meaning Nigerians to intervene in the ongoing demonstrations across the country with a view to halting the #EndSARS protests.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, made the call after he and the other principal officers of the Senate received security briefings on the protests being staged in some parts of the country.

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf magaji Bichi were in attendance.

A statement by Lawan’s Media Office titled, “#EndSARS: Senate urges Intervention of all Nigerians to halt  protests,’ explained that the meeting was held in the office of the Senate President.

 Lawan, according to the statement, explained that the time had come for the protests to stop.

He appealed to all Nigerian political and religious leaders to stand up with a view to prevailing on the protesters to allow peace a chance.

He said, “All leaders, regardless of their political affiliations, regardless of our religious passuasion, regardless of our geopolitical locations, we must stand up and ensure that these protests come to an end.

“This is because the protests are now taking a different dimension from the originally conceived protest by those who meant well by asking for SARS to be disbanded.

“Those that are going about protesting have shown clearly that they have no affiliation, no relationship whatsoever with the original #EndSARS protest.

“I will take this opportunity to urge all well meaning Nigerians that this is our country, that everyone must show interest in its survival and in its peace.”

The Senate President said that the leadership of the Senate invited the IGP and the DG of DSS for a briefing on the current situation of the #EndSARS demonstration going on in many parts of the country.

Lawan said, “This is for the leadership of the Senate to be properly informed of the situation. We have been talking, discussing, consulting with our colleagues in the Senate, in the National Assembly generally and people on the executive side of government and outside of government on how best we can approach this issue, this challenge, so that we are able to bring it to an end.

“We are not in support of any violent protest by anyone. We believe that the #EndSARS protest started very genuinely and those who started it are Patriots who wanted to see change and change was initiated immediately.”

Bibiyobra: Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 10/22/2020 03:32:00 pm


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