President Muhammadu Buhari unfolded plans by his administration to prevent the reoccurrence of the #EndSARS protests, championed by activists campaigning against police brutality.
Briefing reporters after the quarterly National Security Council (NSC) meeting presided over by Buhari in the State House, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Maigari Dingyadi, said the president pledged to deploy every power at his disposal to ensure that a protest of that magnitude does not repeat itself in the country any longer.
The hitherto peaceful protests later degenerated into an orgy of violence, characterised by looting and burning of public and private assets, including police stations and killing of policemen, as hoodlums hijacked the civil unrest.
Dingyadi listed the president’s action plans against future protests of such magnitude to include ensuring that all stakeholders, including the youth, religious leaders and traditional rulers are involved in the process of peace maintenance in Nigeria.
Buhari also told the meeting that the federal government will continue to exhibit, what he described as bureaucratic and humane attitudes in addressing security matters in the country.
The minister said the president pledged that he will give whatever it requires to support security chiefs in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Dingyadi said: “In his concluding remarks, Mr. President thanked members (of NSC) for the efforts they are making in maintaining peace and assured members that he will do whatever it takes to support security agencies in providing peace in the country.
“Mr. President assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure the repeat of #EndSARS protests does not occur in Nigeria again.”
Mr. President reassured that all stakeholders will be involved in the process of maintaining peace in the country, particularly the youth, community leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, public servants, religious leaders et cetera.
“The federal government will continue to maintain its bureaucratic, humane and just postures in handling security matters in the country.”
Asked if he meant that the president would ensure a clampdown on #EndSARS protesters if they attempt to protest again, Dingyadi said the president meant that he would continue to engage citizens with a view to avoiding the level of destruction that accompanied the protests.