The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speake, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have appealed to youths to stop the ongoing protests against disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The two leaders of the National Assembly made the appeal after a meeting they had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.
“Very critical to mention at this point is that since the protests have taken place, and the issues have been accepted, the time has come for the protests to stop, because government needs to have sufficient time, a clement environment to implement the demands of the protesters.
“We also need to have our economy to continue to go on. When you try to stop everybody from engaging in their businesses, closing the roads to markets and other economic places, we distract 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. But since the issues have been accepted, we should give government time to implement the issues.
“Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to appeal to our youth who are protesting, that the protests have already yielded the desired result.
“First of all, they said ‘end SARS’ — that was the beginning. SARS was ended, not by the IGP; SARS was ended by the president. President Muhammadu Buhari made a statement — a presidential statement, and that will be the first time that any president will say ‘end SARS’. And SARS has ended. The other issues followed,” Lawan said.
Demonstrations across the country which began with calls for the scrapping of the now disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS), have evolved into demands for a reform of the police force and improved welfare for the masses.