Igboeli Arinze, FCT- President Muhammadu Buhari has today warned that any act of hooliganism hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests will be dealt with decisively to ensure peace and stability in the country.
The President’s comment comes moments after some Nigerians took to the streets again to continue the #EndSARS protest.
“I want to reiterate our government’s
commitment to the rights of citizens to
embark on peaceful protests,” He however added that such would be done responsibly and in accordance with the laws of the land.
President Buhari also declared open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 in Abuja, where he commended the Nigerian ArmedForces for quelling the violence that trailedthe #EndSARS protests.
“I commend the Armed Force for their efforts which helped restore law and order in many states during the large-scale criminality that ensued in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.”
In his opening speech, Buhari described the Year 2020 as a year that had a number of challenges, particularly the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of national life.
He however stated that he was indeed impressed with the Army’s resolve in it’s discharge of Constitutional roles and in keeping the wealth and welfare of our soldiers a priority.
“The Armys support of Civil Authorities in the management of the cOVID 19 Pandemic is a case in point.
“Also, the peaceful elections conducted in Edo and Ondo States would not have been achieved without the high level of professionalism displayed by all security agencies including the Army” he said.