President Muhammadu Buhari has on Monday, December 7 sent a strong warning to those who would hide behind peaceful protests to cause violence in the country.
Buhari acknowledged that citizens have the right to embark on peaceful protests however the hooligans who are seeking to hijack the protests to perpetrate violence would be dealt with.
The second wave of the protests reportedly resumed today in some parts of Lagos, Abuja and Osun state. The online protests on all social media platforms also began today.
The Nigerian Presidency published a tweet communicating what Buhari said concerning the issue.
“President @MBuhari today in Abuja 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.”
Corroborating this, Femi Adeshina the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity released a attempt stating that Buhari described the year as a challenging one but also said that the citizens should embark on the protest peacefully.
The statement reads in part;
“The President described the Year 2020 as a very challenging one, citing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of national life.
“Reiterating the government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests responsibly and in accordance with the laws of the land, the President recounted that hooligans sadly hijacked the #ENDSARS protests to cause wanton damage to lives and property in many cities across the country.”
See tweet below;