The Use of Violence will not provide solution—Prez Akufo-Addo reacts to #EndSARS impasse
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and protestors of the End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (#EndSARS) Movement to use calm and dialogue in addressing the impasse.
He said the use of violence would not provide solution to the problem, hence his call for calm and dialogue in solving the brouhaha.
President Akufo-Addo made the call via a post on his social media handles today after several appeal on him from celebrities to react on the issue.
He revealed that he has already spoken to President Buhari and is committed to helping to resolve the ongoing stand-off.
I join all well-meaning persons in calling for calm and the use of dialogue in resolving the #EndSARS impasse in Nigeria. I have spoken with President Buhari, who is committed to this end, and has begun the processes that will lead to reform.”
“Violence, be it on the part of the Police or protesters, cannot be the solution. To the families who have lost their loved ones, I express my sincere condolences, and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. #EndSARS”
In other development, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also called on the security agencies in Nigeria to act professionally in their handling of the protestors of the #ENDSARS Movement.
ECOWAS in a statement issued today, October 21, 2020, and signed by Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President of ECOWAS Commission urged protestors to protest in a non-violent manner.
“While the ECOWAS Commission recognises the right of citizens to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and protests, it is also of the view that those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner.”
“In this regard, the ECOWAS Commission calls on all protestors to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations. It also urges the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restraint in the handling of the protests and act professionally.”
ECOWAS further urged the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian youth to “urgently pursue dialogue” to resolve their grievances.