The Nigerian National Assembly has promised that it will ensure that all five demands presented to the executive by the #EndSARS protesters are implemented.
The assurance was given by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, during the plenary on Thursday, October 15, Naija News reports. Lawan made this known after the upper chamber was briefed by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi on the intervention by the leadership to calm and take necessary measure over the continued protest by Nigerian youths.
The leader admitted that the demands by the protesters are legitimate and that the assembly would prevail on the Executive arm of government to ensure compliance. He, however, pleaded with the protesters to return to their various homes while the government work on the implementation of their demands.
He said, “We took a motion sponsored by Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the challenges that we face, especially with respect to the SARS activities across the country and, of course, we took far-reaching resolutions.
Lawan again noted that the citizens have every right to go out on peaceful demonstration when they feel things aren’t going the way they should. This according to him will attract the attention of the leaders to take necessary measures.
“Nigerians, let me say, have the right to peaceful demonstration. When they feel very strongly about issues, they can do so to call the attention of the leaders of this country for appropriate action to be taken,” Lawan noted.
He continued, “I believe that the government has responded, SARS has been disbanded and all the five demands of the protesters have been accepted.
“What I’ll urge here is if such demands have been accepted, then we should expedite taking action to actualize them.
“I believe that when protesters’ demands are met, their goal should have been achieved. Therefore, there is a need for our compatriots to go back home and give the government the chance to quickly and expeditiously implement those demands. Both chambers of the National Assembly have identified with the protests that they are legitimate protests and demands.
“I think the next vital step is for the protests to stop because the initial reasons for the protests have been accepted as facts and the government is trying to do everything possible.
“I urge the government and that includes us, that we should push to ensure that those demands of the protesters that the executive side has accepted to implement are implemented as quickly as possible,” Lawan reiterated.
Meanwhile, multitalented Nigerian singer, Folarin Falana, aka Falz, has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to reconstitute the governing council of the National Human Right’s Commission (NHRC).
The letter posted on social media was titled “Request for reconstitution of the governing council of the national human rights commission for the discharge of its functions with respect to cases of human rights violations in Nigeria.”