Joe Biden, Democratic presidential candidate, says the U.S. must stand with Nigerians “who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.”
“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence,” Biden said in a statement made available on his official campaign website.
Equally important, the statement came shortly after security agents allegedly opened fire on protesters on Tuesday night, in Lagos.
Further, Biden encouraged the Nigerian government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society.
This, according to him, is to address the “long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”
“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” Biden said.
Meanwhile, 1st News reports that in spite of the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS); protests against their brutality have continued in cities across the country.
Also, the actual number of casualties and deaths from the incident on Tuesday night, in Lagos, is still unknown.
#EndSARS: Hilary Clinton urges Buhari, Army to stop killing of protesters
Meanwhile, former United States presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari; and the Nigeria Army to stop the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters calling for reforms in the police.
She said the reform include better welfare packages for police officers.
Recall that the #EndSARS protesters, who had been holding forth at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos; were shot at on Tuesday night; shortly after Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu declared a 24-hour curfew.
Some of the protesters were said to have been hit by bullets, others injured with reports of deaths.