#ENDSARS Broadcast: Obasanjo, others laud Buhari, urge him to address youth restiveness

#ENDSARS Broadcast: Obasanjo, others laud Buhari, urge him to address youth restiveness

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described as a welcome development Thursday’s broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari on #EndSARS protests in some parts of the country.

 

Obasanjo made the commendation on Friday during a virtual meeting between Buhari and former Nigerian leaders.

 

Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, also confirmed this in a statement in Abuja.

 

Obasanjo said: “I commend the speech of last night. The nation had been waiting. You made points that I believe need to be commended.

 

“Peaceful demonstration is part of democratic practice. The demands of the genuine protesters were accepted, and you are working on implementation. We commend you.’’

 

Adesina said the former heads of state were unanimous in their viewpoint that employment generation and growing the economy, through direct foreign investments, among others, were critical to checking youth restiveness.

 

They also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest.

 

The former Nigerian leaders reaffirmed their commitment to respecting the fundamental rights of citizens, including the right for peaceful protest, as enshrined in the Constitution.

 

“They also condemned the divisive and inciting pronouncements of separatists, and were of the opinion that such acts should be stopped.

 

“Equally, the former leaders commended the actions taken by state governors to address the demands of the #EndSARS protesters, and their efforts to check the excesses of those who perpetrated violent acts and conduct.

 

“Finally, they called on youths to pursue peaceful means of seeking redress through engagement with government, and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country,’’ Adesina said in the statement.

 

The leaders, who attended the virtual meeting, include Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

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