The Senate has called on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the ongoing demonstrations nationwide with a view to halting the EndSARS protests.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the call after the Senate leadership received security briefings on the protests.
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The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf magaji Bichi were in attendance.
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Lawan appealed to all political and religious leaders to stand up with a view to prevailing on the protesters to allow peace a chance.
“All leaders, regardless of their political affiliations, regardless of our religious persuasion, regardless of our geo-political locations, we must stand up and ensure that these protests come to an end because the protests are now taking a different dimension from the originally conceived protest by those who meant well by asking for SARS to be disbanded,” Lawan said.
“Those that are going about protesting have shown clearly that they have no affiliation, no relationship whatsoever with the original #EndSARS protest.
“I’ll take this opportunity to urge all well-meaning Nigerians that this is our country, that everyone must show interest in its survival and in its peace.
“This is a country we have to ensure that it works for all of us. People have the right to say this is not the way they want to go once it is a legitimate way to express themselves through peaceful protest, but we must never allow ourselves to be taken in the wrong direction of violent protest like we have witnessed in some parts of the country,” he added.