Senate President Ahmed Lawan has called on the #EndSARS protesters to halt the demonstrations across the country and give the government time to implement the demands.
He stated this on Sunday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house in Abuja.
Lawan visited the president in the company of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives.
Speaking with state house correspondents after the meeting, Lawan urged protesters to give the government time, and stop the demonstrations, which have now been held daily for more than one week.
“Very critical to mention at this point is that since the protests have taken place, and the issues have been accepted, the time has come for the protests to stop, because government needs to have sufficient time, a clement environment to implement the demands of the protesters.
“We also need to have our economy to continue to go on. When you try to stop everybody from engaging in their businesses, closing the roads to markets and other economic places, we distract the economy of the country, and that is not the best way to go.
“If the issues had not been accepted, then there would have been genuine reasons to continue with the demonstrations. But since the issues have been accepted, we should give government time to implement the issues.
“Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to appeal to our youth who are protesting, that the protests have already yielded the desired result.
“First of all, they said ‘end SARS’ — that was the beginning. SARS was ended, not by the IGP; SARS was ended by the president. President Muhammadu Buhari made a statement — a presidential statement, and that will be the first time that any president will say ‘end SARS’. And SARS has ended. The other issues followed.”
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Read people’s comments and reactions below;
Chukwutem Ossai: It’s understandable that you need time. But the big question is, HOW MUCH TIME, do you need?
And I think the protesters should understand, as well, that time is needed.
Except they want the implementation to happen at gunpoint or under duress. Or in a haste.
Justice delayed is justice denied. And justice hastened is justice miscarried.
They were quick to change the name, SARS to SWAT. And that is causing more problems than solutions.
Queenie Sunday: Useless people TIME for what ?? When SARS are killing people did they ask for time?? When corruption is raising in Nigeria did u ask for time?? When people are suffering in Nigeria was time ask?? When we voted you politician in power did u ask for time??? When u failed your premises did you ask for time?? Mr president n Senate president we don’t have time because the more we wait the more killing n suffering continues we want Action n things put in place!! EndSARS EndSWAT Reform Nigeria police EndCorruption . youths of Nigeria are not asking for much please do the needful!!!
Jimoh Tajudeen: Are this people representing us or they are representing themselves, because when they increased their salary they don’t needs time for implementation. That is Nigerian for you. God will judge everyone of you
Adeshina Bolarinwa: I quite agree…….let us itemise our demands and give government time to implement…….even if it is as short as a month, let’s just give to see their seriousness.
Bianca Agu: There’s no time to check time. Our patience level is at 00:00 now. Immediate action is what we need. You think people left their businesses, pulled together alot of money, getting little or no sleep, parading the streets of Nigeria for a joke?
It’z Wilfred: Never took them time to dissolve SARS and bring in SWAT in 24hours now you need time for what exactly? This bad government has to go we the youth want to rebuild a better Nigeria..WE MOVE
Loveth Amanda: What Nonsense time are you asking of again!!! The entire party from the highest to the lowest has done more harm than Good to her Citizens the past yrs of being in government. No POSITIVE Answers, Aluta Continua 💪🇳🇬✊
Tunde Super: That time is what we the youths don’t have.
We are ending bad governance without excuse
Uregbu Stella: Wait ooo!are u sure that person is buhari, it is because I am getting confused why he can’t talk by himself!
Miller Lucky: We owned the country, you don’t need to consult any other country before you meet the youth demand. It is called emergency request and most be attended to urgently.
Chisom Prisca: Nothing like time, just do it the money is available to do it ,you people should start from one.we are tired of empty promises.We are unstoppable.END SARS
Ali Oluwadamilola: You people should continue implementing, one day all you will just hear Fiam for una back, that’s amadioha o, nah by una sef go tender resignation letter. Just wait. Amadioha is still doing press-up