President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House Of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, over protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Lawan while speaking with the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, noted that the meeting was held to tackle the protest against SARS.
He noted that the National Assembly has important to play in ensuring that the demands of the protesters are attended to.
The Senate President commended the president for the way he has been handling the protest.
“This is certainly a very trial moment, and as a national assembly, we believe that we have a very critical and crucial role to play in ensuring that the current situation of protest across the country is bought to an end.”
“I want to thank Mr President for exhibiting very deep democratic credentials – the protests have gone on for over ten days, across many states of the country and I think the protesters have expressed their legitimate right, the government has listened.”
“The essence of coming to meet Mr President is to review the situation and see the roles the two arms of government should play in ensuring that the five-point demands of the protesters are properly addressed.”
“Where legislative intervention will be required, we are ready to move in and deal with such expeditiously, to ensure that we don’t waste any time so that we address the concerns of our youths.”
“Where the executive role is expected we are sure that the executive will take expedient action, and we will be watching to ensure that such demands are properly met,’’ he said.
He called on Nigerians to suspend the protest as government have commenced implementation of their five-point demands.
Lawan added that the government needs conducive environment to implement the demands.
He said the appeal had become imperative to avert possible break down of law and order in the country.
He said: “It is also very critical at this point to mention this since the protest had taken place and the demands had been accepted.”
“Time has come for the protest to stop because the government needs to have sufficient Time and conducive environment to implement the demands of the protesters we also need to have our economy to continue to grow.”
“When we try to stop everybody from engaging in their local businesses, closing roads to markets and other economic places we disrupt the economy of the country, and that is not the best way to go.”
“If the issues had not been accepted, then there would have been genuine reasons to continue with the demonstrations and protests. But since the issues had been accepted, we should give the government time to implement the issue.”
“Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to appeal to our youths who are protesting that the protests have already yielded the desire results.”
He noted that other Nigerians have the right to go on their lawful businesses without hindrance.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, while speaking on the meeting reiterated the readiness of the NASS to partner with other arms of government particularly the executive, in meeting the genuine demands of Nigerians.
He condemned the attack on Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State during the End SARS protest in Osogbo.
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