Former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has spoken on the #EndSARS protests rocking various cities in the country.
Atiku in a message on Tuesday, addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, cautioned him against the use of force against the protesters, but urged him to talk to Nigerians.
While declaring his support for the protests, the former Vice President noted that the demands by the protesters are not unreasonable and urged the government to speedily respond to their demands.
On the infiltration of the peaceful protests by hoodlums and criminals, Atiku expressed sadness over the development.
He expressed his views in a series of tweets from his Twitter account on Tuesday where he wrote: “I am saddened by the loss of lives following the infiltration of hoodlums in the #EndSARS peaceful protests.”
“My appeal to the government of @MBuhari is that he must not succumb to the temptation to use further maximum force on #EndSARS protesters.”
“The #EndSARS protesters are not unreasonable; they mean well and acted responsibly. This is the time to appeal to their reason by speedily implementing their reasonable demands. The use of maximum force will aggravate, rather than placate.”
“When government shows that it cares, the citizens will fare well. Now is the time to apply reason, rather than brute force.”
“And on that basis, I urge @MBuhari to talk to the nation, and particularly the youth of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, security operatives on Tuesday evening have reportedly opened fire on some protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos State.