President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to international community to seek to know all the facts available in a crisis situation in order to avoid rushing into judgement or make hasty pronouncements, www.totorinews.com reports.
He disclosed this in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday evening regarding the EndSARS protests the Nigerian youths embarked upon for more than two weeks now against extra judicial killings of innocent Nigerians by the disbanded SARS unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
Unfortunately, some hoodlums hijacked the peaceful protests leading to loss of lives and wanton destruction of both government and private properties in some states in Nigeria, worse hit is Lagos state, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria.
“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,” Muhammadu Buhari said.
Prior to this speech the United Nations, African Union, and leaders in various countries had condemned the sad development arising from the protests and especially the Lekki shootings of unarmed Nigerian youths that protested at the Lekki toll gate.
The UN and AU also called for far reaching reforms that would benefits the Nigerian state and her people.
However, Buhari insisted that his administration have initiated programmes, some already being implemented for the benefits of the Nigerian people
“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.
“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:
“These are in addition to many other initiatives such as; farmermoni, tradermoni, marketmoni, N-Power, N-Tech and N-Agro.
“No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done,” he said.
Further more, he informed that Nigeria under his watch will not be allowed to experience breakdown of law and order and total disregard for the constitution of the country.
“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,” he concluded.
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