Nigeria’s Economy Rebounding Due To Preemptive Actions By Buhari Govt –  Osinbajo’s Aide

A file photo of Laolu Akande.

 

Laolu Akande, a media aide to the Vice President has said Nigeria’s economy is rebounding due to the preemptive actions taken by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“So, very clearly, we can see that the economy is rebounding and this is mainly because of the preemptive actions the Buhari administration had taken even before now to ensure the situation does not get worse,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. 

While explaining that the present administration had launched various schemes to help Nigerians mitigate the effect of the pandemic, Akande said the impact of such schemes is being felt across the country.

“There are all kinds of testimonies, I can share with you. We receive reports every day from beneficiaries of the Survival Fund,” he explained.

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“Whether they are artisans. We are talking about tailors, barbers, plumbers, hairdressers, technicians all over the place or even people who work in private schools or private transport companies who have been receiving our support.”

Funding Infrastructure

While there have been criticisms in many quarters over the government’s borrowings, the most recent being plans for a $750 million dollar loan from the world bank to help states, the former journalist has come to the defence of the administration.

The borrowings, he argued, are used to fund infrastructure and reposition the economy just as he stressed that loose ends are also being tightened.

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“We are borrowing for capital,” he stated, explaining that “we are not borrowing for recurrent expenditure. We are borrowing to keep the economy going, we are borrowing to build trains, we are borrowing to build roads, we are borrowing to fix our critical infrastructure.”

‘Prudent With Public Finances’

He noted that in spite of the limited resources available to the present government, Nigerians can attest to the prudency of the current administration.

“I think, by and large, Nigerians have seen that the Buhari administration has been very clear in how we have managed to do much more even though much less, compared to the past, is coming in,” Akande added.

“This is a critical feature of the administration that shows that we are very prudent with public finances.”

 

 

This Govt Has Failed, There Is No Way To Cover It – Senator Abaribe

A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe believes the President Muhammadu Buhari government has failed the country, insisting that there is no way to paper over their failures.

“The party (PDP) has its position and the position is very simple: this government has failed,” the Senator who represents Abia South said on Friday’s edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“You don’t have any other way of trying to cover it. You can say all the rhetoric, you make all the propaganda. You can go ahead and try to pull the wool over the eyes of the people but the #EndSARS protest showed a failure of this government. It is not that is just failing now. It has been failing all along and we have been continually pointed it out.”

The Senate Minority Leader accused the government of failing to listen to advice and always seeing every counsel as an opposition that should be crushed.

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He claimed the present government is mired in the past and does not have any connection with the 21st century.

“On the floor of the Senate, I have always spoken, ‘You are not getting it right,'” he explained.

“The only problem we have with this government is that advice to them is like an opposition they need to crush. They just think that in the 21st century that with all the information we have; with all the contacts that we have with the rest of the world, that people will just continue being subdued as they used to do in Stalin’s country (formerly the Soviet Union) or in North Korea and all that.”

While reiterating that the Buhari administration has failed in delivering development to the nation, he stated that “all we are waiting for is to throw out this government in the next election.”

 

Bread Tax Is Evil, We Are Investigating Those Behind It – Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has vowed to investigate and punish those behind the imposition of bread tax in the northcentral state, describing the development as evil. 

“The particular incident of bread tax is being looked into as I speak, we are investigating those that are behind this,” the governor, 45, said while briefing the press after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Tuesday.

“It is evil and it is unaccepted, to say the least. I have ordered the Head of Service to issue queries to those that are responsible and they will face the law accordingly.”

Governor Bello while explaining that he held the meeting with the Nigerian leader to inform him about the challenges the state is facing, and the developments recorded so far, noted that security agencies are working with local vigilante groups to curb crime.

“The law enforcement agencies, to say the little, they are doing their best. From the Police to the Army, to the Civil Defence to the DSS, they are collaborating with the local vigilantes and the local hunters to ensure that our ways, our highways, our bushes and forests, our communities are safe,” he explained.

He also credited his grassroots leadership style for restricting lootings in the Confluence State in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

“So, whenever there is any uprising or any threats whatsoever, they raise an alarm,” governor Bello added. “The locals exactly know who they are, they know the criminals among them. They know the strangers and intruders among them and they immediately swing into action by ensuring law enforcement agencies swing into action and the issues were contained amicably.”

#EndSARS: Buhari Acted As A Father, If Not We’ll Be Talking Of Something Else – Adesina

A file photo combination of President Buhari and #EndSARS protesters.

 

Presidential aide, Femi Adesina has said his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari’s fatherly role during and after the #EndSARS protests, prevented the country from slumping into anarchy. 

“If President Buhari hadn’t exercised the restraint and tolerance of a father, at a time that even hitherto respected people instigated the protesters to carry on (and they promptly went underground when anarchy ensued), we would have been talking of something else in the country,” Adesina said in an article published on his website on Thursday.

“The rivers of Nigeria could have turned crimson, and mourning and lamentations would have suffused the land. But we are thankful for the father in President Buhari, patient and enduring, almost to a fault.”

A file photo of EndSARS protesters.

 

In the article captioned “We Have Not Many Fathers,” Adesina explained that Buhari exercised patience during and after the protests which rocked Nigeria in October.

He said the country has “many tutors, many instructors, but not many fathers. President Buhari is one, and that is why the country is experiencing relative calm today.”

According to him, even when the protests were hijacked and misdirected, the Nigerian leader was unmoved on his instructions to security agencies. Buhari, he explained, accepted the five demands made by the protesters.

“What better display of accommodation and readiness for dialogue. But the protest was prolonged, and eventually hijacked and misdirected,” Adesina added.

“But thank God for fathers, who kept their heads. No wonder it is said that what the elders see sitting down, young people would not see, even if they climbed trees. May God continue to give this country good fathers, who remain calm in turbulence, who keep their heads when others are losing theirs.”

Protests Against Police Brutality

Early last month, Nigerians took to the streets, protesting against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.

The protesters sought the scrapping of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the police accused of human rights abuse.

 

A file photo of buses/cars burnt by hoodlums during the violence in Lagos on October 21, 2020.

 

However, the protests continued after the disbandment of the unit with the shooting of some of the protesters in Lagos State, sparking a looting spree and destruction of properties in some parts of the country.

Buhari Meets Ooni, Sultan, Other Traditional Rulers

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a closed-door meeting with traditional rulers from across the country.

The members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) are led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad.

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The meeting, which is taking place at the council chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja, is being attended by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, among other notable kings from across the country.

Although the agenda of the meeting has not been disclosed, it is likely to deliberate on the recent happenings in the country particularly the lootings and destruction of properties by rampaging youths in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

See more photos from the meeting below…

Maiden Youth Day Celebration: Buhari Recognises 15 Youth Innovators

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday in Abuja recognised and celebrated the accomplishments of some youth innovators in Nigeria including the 20-year-old Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, engineering student Usman Dalhatu, who built a portable automatic ventilator to help people with breathing problems.

Dalhatu was among the five Youth Innovators in different fields showcased by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development at the occasion of the maiden National Youth Day Celebration, observed on November 1, which also coincides with the African Youth Day Celebration.

The Ministry also organised a 60 Day App Challenge competition in which 10 winners emerged across the country.

At the maiden National Youth Day Celebration, held at the State House Conference Centre, President Buhari, who was represented by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, congratulated the young innovators on making the nation proud, assuring them that his government will continue to invest in entrepreneurship, skills and career development.

Other Youth Innovators, who received cash donations of N500,000 each from the Federal Government are:

Intissar Bashir Kurfi, Managing Partner, Ifrique Eco Solutions, a green Architect and environmentalist.

Kurfi, in her late twenties, established a factory for upcycling plastic waste in Abuja. The factory would upcycle Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) such as pure water sachets, plastic bottles, polythene bags, and others into Interlocking Tiles.

Surajo Ismaila, a 23-year old indigene of Rubochi in Kuje Area Council in Abuja, is a tractor, toys, vending machines, and remote control inventor.

Adejoke Lasisi, founder of Planet 3R and Jokelinks Weaving School, an African fabric designer, and environmentalist.

She is the founder of Planet 3R and Jokelinks Weaving School – the first of their kinds in Nigeria.

Idris Bashir, 28, is the founder of Midrish Technologies Nigeria, credited to have developed an application to help farmers, small, medium, and large businesses to reach out to their customers.

In the 60 Day App Challenge competition, 10 young Nigerians emerged winners including Anasiudu Ikechukwu, Elioenal Yomi-Agbajor, Adegoke Oluwatosin Amos, Daniel Osi, Isaac Isaac Ozioma, Yushau El-Sunais Sani, Adeniji Oluwaferanmi, Solomon Yakubu Zamba, Andrew Mogbolu and Olukayode Fadairo.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said thousands of entries were received for the App Challenge and after a detailed process by technical partners, 10 entries were selected to receive cash prizes of N1 million each, while a number of others won laptops.

What Jonathan, Other Ex-Heads Of State Told Buhari About #EndSARS – Presidency

 

Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said the root cause of the recent protests in the country had been with Nigeria for a long time. 

Presidential aide, Femi Adesina said Jonathan made the comment during a virtual meeting between Nigeria’s former heads of state and President Muhammadu Buhari held on October 23rd.

In a post on his website on Friday captioned “Inside PMB’s Parley With Former Heads of State,” Adesina who is the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, noted that the former Nigerian leader said some fundamental questions needed to be answered.

The former Bayelsa State Governor said posers like “what led to the crisis?” would help the country in forestalling future occurrences.

In what he described as “very touching,” he equally quoted most of the former leaders as saying that the #EndSARS protest which began peacefully,  was later hijacked.

“Lives had been lost in scores, countless public and private properties burnt, there was murder and mayhem everywhere,” Adesina explained.

“So, it was needful that all former leaders of the country meet to put heads together, and fashion pragmatic ways forward.”

President Muhammadu Buhari held a virtual meeting with former Presidents on October 23, 2020, in Abuja. Credit: State House.

 

After the National Anthem, he said that former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon who gave the opening speech agreed that the #EndSARS protests which began peacefully, was later hijacked by some “organized miscreants.”

Gowon equally gave some recipes for the government to consider.

Buhari who spoke next issued comprehensive details of how the protests began, and efforts made by the government to address the demands of the demonstrators.

The Nigerian leader “did not mince words that what started as [a] legitimate protest by youths, was hijacked and misdirected by enemies of the country.”

‘Frank But Effable’

Despite a history of antagonism to the President Buhari government, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo “was frank, but affable, and no tension was discerned” and “lauded the Nigerian leader for his speech the previous night.”

Presidency Responds To Obasanjo's Failure Claim
A file photo of President Buhari with former President Obasanjo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on February 22, 2018.

 

“On the job and economic situation in the country, he said the interventions being made were good, but not far-reaching enough for a population of 200 million people,” the presidential aide said, referencing Obasanjo.

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) expressed sadness at the turn of events in Africa’s most populous nation, extending his condolences to those who lost loved ones and properties.

Although he was worried by the quality of intelligence available to Nigerian security agencies, IBB commended “the government for the efforts so far, to end the protests.”

Chief Ernest Shonekan was brief in his speech and called for proactiveness to curb similar developments in the future, stressing that such meetings should hold often to proffer solutions to national issues.

‘Funding Of Security Agencies’

General Abdulsalami Abubakar also harped on the need for better intelligence on the part of security agencies and believes there is a need for more collaboration with the international body.

Adequate funding for the police is also crucial to safeguarding the country, General Abdulsalami Abubakar argued.

 

“Funding of security agencies should also be looked into, while the media should be adequately engaged,” the former head of state added.

A Hated Unit

At the onset of the month, many Nigerians took to the streets, demanding the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) hated by many in Africa’s most populous nation.

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The now-defunct unit of the police was accused of human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings, a development which the demonstrators say had been going on for years.

Despite the scrapping of the unit by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, the protesters stayed on the streets, citing similar pronouncements (scrapping of SARS) which were made in the past but came to nothing.

Deadly Dimension

Things took a dangerous dimension on Tuesday last week when armed soldiers opened fire on the protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

The shooting, witnesses say, resulted in the death of scores of persons but the Nigerian Army later denied responsibility for the incident.

Human rights organization, Amnesty International, however, put the casualty figure from the incident and another one at Ikeja at 12.

 

 

 

Enugu Accident: Buhari Condoles With Victims, Asks Vehicle Owners To Ensure Road Worthiness

Twenty-one persons were confirmed dead from the auto crash.

 

President Muhammadu has condoled with the victims of an auto accident in Enugu State, emphasizing the need for vehicle owners to ensure their cars are roadworthy. 

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in a statement on Friday, quoted the Nigerian leader as expressing sadness over the incident which took place on Thursday in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

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A photo from the scene of the accident.

 

“He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State government,” the presidential aide said.

“President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure roadworthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.”

Deaths Confirmed

Twenty-one people, including schoolchildren, died in the accident in the south-eastern Nigerian state.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu, Ogbonna Kalu, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

He explained that the nature of the accident was a collision that involved a school bus and a trailer in the state.

Kalu added that the incident was due to dangerous driving.

Read Adesina’s full statement below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS VICTIMS OF ENUGU CRASH INVOLVING PUPILS
President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the gruesome vehicle accident in Mgbowu, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, in which scores of people died, most of them school pupils.
The President condoles with families and kith and kin of the dead, praying that God will grant them succour, and spare the country of such tragedy in future.
He also commiserates with the Catholic Church of Awgu, which runs Presentation Nursery and Primary School that the pupils attended, and the Enugu State government.
President Buhari enjoins vehicle owners to ensure roadworthiness, as initial reports attributed the accident to brake-failure by the truck involved.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
October 30, 2020

 

Judicial Panels Must Investigate Lekki Shooting, Other Incidents- UK

Uk-high-comissioner
UK High Commissioner to Nigeria. Photo: [email protected] Laing

 

The United Kingdom is insisting on probing the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in the Lekki area of Lagos and similar incidents during the demonstrations. 

In a tweet on its handle on Monday evening, the United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria equally explained that it is working with stakeholders to ensure justice is served.

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“We remain concerned by acts of looting & violence in Flag of Nigeria & urge security services use restraint as order is restored,” the High Commission added.

“Working with all stakeholders, judicial panels of inquiry must investigate all incidents, including #Lekki, & ensure accountability for crimes.”

 

At the beginning of the month, many Nigerians took to the streets across various cities, protesting against brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country.

A Loathed Police Unit

The #EndSARS protests, calling for the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), lasted for weeks.

#EndSARS protesters during a candlelight procession in honour of victims of police brutality.

 

Following the continuous demonstrations which caused traffic gridlock in major cities in the West African nation, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, dissolved the much-hated unit of the police force accused of human rights abuses.

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That, however, did not assuage the protesters. They claimed that similar pronouncements were made in the past. The most recent announcement from the IGP, the protesters argued, will not see the light of day.

They stayed on the streets, insisting they would not leave until their demands are met.

Deadly Dimension

On Tuesday last week, things, however, took another dimension when some armed men believed to be soldiers, opened fire on the demonstrators at the Toll Gate in Lekki, Lagos State.

A combination of pictures of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on a visit to the #EndSARS protesters shot by soldiers in Lekki on October 20, 2020. Photos: Twitter – @jidesanwoolu.

 

Witnesses say many of the protesters were killed during the incident. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, equally noted that twenty-eight persons were injured during the incident.

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Although the Nigerian Army denied carrying out the shooting, human rights organization, Amnesty International, pegged the casualty figure from the incident and another at Ikeja at 12.

The shooting sparked the destruction and burning of infrastructure and a looting spree, particularly in Lagos State.

 

I Am Avoiding Debates Over Lekki Tollgate Incident Until All Facts Are Established – Buhari

 

Few days after he addressed the nation regarding the violence and unrest that marred the #EndSARS protests, President Muhammadu Buhari says he is avoiding to get into any debates until all facts are established.

President Buhari disclosed this on Sunday in a communique by his special media aide, Mr. Garba Shehu.

The president who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.

He also has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the ongoing nationwide looting, destruction of property.

“Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way, wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home,” the President said.

President Buhari’s statement is coming just as the judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government and other states start sitting on Monday to look into the pillage that ensued following a rather abrupt halt to the #EndSARS protests across the country.

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He expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were murdered, and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted.

The President advised that peace, brotherhood, and inter-communal harmony are central to our ethos and urges Nigerians “not to turn against one another in hate.”

He said it is important that the police and other security agencies move everywhere to restore calm and normalcy as quickly as possible.

Buhari said his administration is working hard through many pragmatic ways to reduce the hardship of the millions of unemployed, poor citizens and those whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the harsh economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He warned that resort to widespread attacks and the organized looting and plundering of public and private property in many states are inimical to the public good and stand condemned.

“A government that has launched a massive crackdown on corruption, brought in strong laws for a decisive battle against corruption, pursues loot recovery at home and abroad, and taken strong decisions against those who thought they were above the law, will not fold its arms when an otherwise legitimate and peaceful protest is turning into free-for-all vandalism and looting.

“While the administration has, for its part, blocked so many means of looting public money in a war against corruption, it is the expectation that all civil authorities, community, and religious leaders in the country must rise against the organized looting and plunder we are witnessing in parts of the country.

“What is more, is that criminal actions as we have so far witnessed can weaken and erode the confidence of our people and that of foreign businesses in investing in the economy. Looting and vandalism will hurt trade and investment growth in our country, both large and small industries, as well as our hardworking people in the informal sectors of the economy.

“These incidents do not reflect well on any society. They are wrong and condemnable and should not be supported by reasonable members of society,” the statement partly read.

In line with this, President Buhari commended the decision of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to prosecute 229 suspects arrested by the police for allegedly using the #EndSARS protest to destroy and loot public and private property.

The President said he and his administration have taken note of the grievances of the people.

“We have heard you loud and clear,” he said.

The Commander-In-Chief added that his administration has shown a clear determination to take all necessary measures to address the complaints.

He however stressed that “the violence must stop”.

President Buhari also condemned hate messages and eviction notices to ethnic and religious groups asking Nigerians to take pride in the fact that our diverse people have been living with one another in harmony for ages.

He said the right of all citizens to live and work in any part of the country is a constitutional right and will be defended by the government.

Looting: Turn Back Your Children If They Bring Back Unaccounted Goods – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked parents and guardians not to encourage their children and wards to partake in the nationwide looting, destruction of property. 

“Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way, wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home,” the President said.

This statement is coming just as the judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government and other states start sitting on Monday to look into the pillage that ensued following a rather abrupt halt to the #EndSARS protests across the country.

President Buhari in a statement on Sunday expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were murdered, and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted.

The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.

The President advised that peace, brotherhood, and inter-communal harmony are central to our ethos and urges Nigerians “not to turn against one another in hate.”

READ ALSO: I Am Avoiding Debates Over Lekki Tollgate Incident Until All Facts Are Established – Buhari

He said it is important that the police and other security agencies move everywhere to restore calm and normalcy as quickly as possible.

President Buhari said his administration is working hard through many pragmatic ways to reduce the hardship of the millions of unemployed, poor citizens and those whose lives have been thrown into disarray by the harsh economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He warned that resort to widespread attacks and the organized looting and plundering of public and private property in many states are inimical to the public good and stand condemned.

“A government that has launched a massive crackdown on corruption, brought in strong laws for a decisive battle against corruption, pursues loot recovery at home and abroad, and taken strong decisions against those who thought they were above the law, will not fold its arms when an otherwise legitimate and peaceful protest is turning into free-for-all vandalism and looting.

“While the administration has, for its part, blocked so many means of looting public money in a war against corruption, it is the expectation that all civil authorities, community, and religious leaders in the country must rise against the organized looting and plunder we are witnessing in parts of the country.

“Families must turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods, in the same way, wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.

“What is more, is that criminal actions as we have so far witnessed can weaken and erode the confidence of our people and that of foreign businesses in investing in the economy. Looting and vandalism will hurt trade and investment growth in our country, both large and small industries, as well as our hardworking people in the informal sectors of the economy.

“These incidents do not reflect well on any society. They are wrong and condemnable and should not be supported by reasonable members of society,” the statement partly read.

In line with this, President Buhari commended the decision of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice to prosecute 229 suspects arrested by the police for allegedly using the #EndSARS protest to destroy and loot public and private property.

The President said he and his administration have taken note of the grievances of the people.

“We have heard you loud and clear,” he said.

President Buhari added that his administration has shown a clear determination to take all necessary measures to address the complaints.

He however stressed that “the violence must stop”.

President Buhari also condemned hate messages and eviction notices to ethnic and religious groups asking Nigerians to take pride in the fact that our diverse people have been living with one another in harmony for ages.

He said the right of all citizens to live and work in any part of the country is a constitutional right and will be defended by the government.

Buhari Directs NSIWC To Expedite Action On New Salary Structure For Nigeria Police Force

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has directed the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force.

In his address to the nation on Thursday, President Buhari argued that progress is being made with regards to the welfare of police personnel.

The President also disclosed that the emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.

READ ALSO: Full Text Of Buhari’s Address To Nigerians On The #EndSARS Protests

He further stated that in order to underscore the importance of education in preparing youths for the future, his administration has come up with a new salary structure and other incentives for teachers.

President Buhari reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to preserving the unity of this country. He pledged to continue to improve good governance and the nation’s democratic process, including through sustained engagement.

The President’s address on Thursday is the first following weeks of #EndSARS protests across the country.

Many had longed for the president to speak up earlier, however, the president said his addressing the nation became more imperative now seeing that things have degenerated to a level of violence and Chaos.