President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, October 18, met with the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in a bid to resolve the ongoing protests regarding the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was disclosed by the President’s personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmaad, via his Twitter handle.
Following the meeting, the leadership of the National Assembly called for an end to the protest marches across the country.
According to NASS leadership stating the demands of the protesters have been met.
Speaking to State House correspondents, the Senate President Ahmed Lawan urged the protesters to give the government time to work on their other demands.
Lawan also stated that the demonstrations that now involve blocking of roads will have an enormous economic impact on the country.
In the same vein, Gbajabiamila called for an end to the protests, arguing that policy matters cannot be met overnight.
He however congratulated the protesters for a job well done assuring them that they can continue with the protests if their demands are not met in two weeks.
Meanwhile, Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church Worldwide, David Oyedepo, on Sunday, October 18, cautioned the Federal Government against the shooting of youths protesting against police brutality; extrajudicial killings; and extortion in the country.
According to Oyedepo, the #EndSARS protesters have good justifications to protest, adding that killing them during the protest “is a sacrilege”.
He described the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the most “gruesome” in the history of the country.
Oyedepo spoke during the second service of the church, on Sunday.
He said, “Every man has a right, legitimately so, to express his displeasure and pains. Everybody has it.
“I kept quiet for a while because in 2015 I warned this nation, vehemently, consistently… because I saw the dangers ahead and you can tell.
“The most gruesome season in the life of this nation is in the last five years; where lives have no value, wanton killings here and there.
“Now, they have faced the youths; and because they don’t know who is next, they have a right to say enough is enough.
“Any system that has no value for human lives is irrelevant, if they are killed when they were youths, will they be here today?
“Now, it would be a sacrilege to shoot the protesters who are not looting, who are not ravaging.
“When you push a goat to the wall then you will know that goats have teeth to bite.
“It is a sacrilege to kill youths during a protest, this protest is legitimate.”