President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not allow a repeat of the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country in October.
During a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday, Buhari said “relevant stakeholders”, including the youth, will be carried along to forestall a repeat.
Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, disclosed this while briefing correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by the president at the presidential villa, Abuja.
He explained that in vowing to do everything within his power to prevent a re-occurrence of the #EndSARS protests, the president assured that he will carry all stakeholders, including the youth along in the process of maintaining peace in the country.
When asked whether it would include a crackdown on potential protesters, the minister replied:
“On the issue of #EndSARS protests that you have raised, what we are saying is that the government will continue to dialogue, it will continue to listen and will continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that destroyed a lot of properties, public and private, individuals in this country.”
The minister said the council reviewed the security situation of the country and noted with concern the increasing rate of armed banditry particularly in the north-west and northeastern parts.
He stated that the council, therefore, resolved to be proactive and to take decisive actions to bring the situation under control.