The Vice-President of Nigeria, Yemi Osibanjo has apologized to Nigerians over the situation going on in the country in the past few days.
According to the VP, the anger is justified because the Government could have moved faster and for that, they are sorry.
Read his full statement below ;
Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry.
I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough.
These feelings of frustration are justified.
There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.
Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government.
The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.
With Mr. President’s approval, SARS has been completely disestablished, and none of its former members will feature in any police tactical units.
I am sending my deepest condolences to the families of Jimoh Isiaq, and all those who have lost their lives at the hands of wayward police officers. To those injured, I wish a full and speedy recovery.
We have proposed that each state government set up a Victims’ Support Fund, which @NigeriaGov will support. This is the least that we can do to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant officers.
We also understand that the issues that you’re raising are bigger than just SARS. They’re deep and systemic and we’re undertaking comprehensive measures that will revamp the police by addressing issues of welfare, service conditions and training.
On Monday, Mr. President also reiterated his commitment to these extensive police reforms.
We will continue to update and engage with you all on these action steps and the ones to come, in the spirit of transparency, so that you can hold us accountable. We are, after all, here to serve you and we owe you a duty to win back your trust.
Keep safe. God bless you. – YO
Read people’s comments and reactions below;
Ekpededeme Idiong: Even the politicians and men in government are weak, indeed there is strength in unity has Nigerian youths nationwide has risen up for a good course
There can never be a better Nigeria than these, I pray changes occur from now, all thanks to celebrities and those lending their voices in a time as historical as this and all thanks to able bodied men and women out there who are matching the streets under intense sun
You all are the real heroes
My prayers are with you all
God bless you
Adokole Godwin: You guys messed with the wrong generation.. The tsunami that will sweep all of you away has just began and it can never be tamed!
God bless Nigerian youths ✊
Debbie Mbabie: Nothing like you are sorry,oga please you guys should do the needful… We want a new Nigeria void of corrupt leaders….
Chiadikaobi Uzochukwu: Uncle just woke up. Biko keep your apologies inside your pocket. Nigeria youth dont need it. All we need is action and not words.
Omaka David: It late already oga VP.what we want is total reform of government because the cost of governance in Nigeria is more more higher than in the 🇺🇸 and Britain
Faith Otokhile: With all due respect sir, sorry for yourself. This is not the time to be sorry without an action. Make Nigeria better or step down
Toluwani Fadare: Can you now see that our president is a living dead? Let all these words the VP is saying coming from the president’s mouth himself. He can’t come online or go to a media house to address the nation we’re just having a figure head as a president in this nation.
Okeke Chidera: We are so tired and angry that we don’t even need your “sorry” abi na apologies so kindly take it elsewhere to those who are willing to listen. In fact eh, we don hear the sorry wey you talk but if you are done talking just kindly step aside because we never reach your turn,we are still coming for you but now na bubu we find come so kindly present him to us let’s show him some love because he’s really been such a bad boy and we have our own way of handling ‘bad boys’.
Our blood dey boil as we dey so ooo…
We move 🚶♂️🚶♂️🚶♂️
Excel Esther: We don’t believe you are sorry. To really proof you are sorry resign o. We don’t want sorry just resign and safe yourself the remaining dignity you have left.