Stop All Street Protests, Talk With My Govt On Police – Buhari Pleads With Youths
President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Nigerian youths to put a stop to all street protests and use negotiations and influential discussions to engage his government to help reform and bring an end to all forms of police brutality.
He made this disclosure while speaking to the Maiden National Youth Day Celebration which concurred with the African Youth Day celebration.
Muhammad Bello, the FCT Minister representing Buhari affirmed that the administration has heard the grievances of the youths. Garba Shehu, his spokesman released a statement quoting the President that the Federal Government “now wants to hear concrete and practical ideas”.
”You must realize that protests cannot last indefinitely. My government will not lift a hand to stop or suppress you.
”However, the fact of the matter is that other forces and actors will seek to take over your protests that they may redirect them in ways you did not intend and perhaps do not agree with.
”Every successful protest movement the world over has understood that there comes a time when activity must move from the street to the negotiation table.
That time for you has come. Do not be afraid of this reality. You should welcome it.”