#EndSARS Protests: President Muhammadu Buhari Finally Responds

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After the series of #EndSARS protests across states in Nigeria yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari finally addressed Nigerians through a series of tweets sent out from his Twitter handle. The tweets were posted at 9:41 PM. Here’s what he said:

I met again with the IGP tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people.

The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, & ensure erring personnel are brought to justice. I appeal for patience & calm, even as Nigerians freely exercise their right to peacefully make their views known.

The vast majority of men and women of the Nigeria Police Force are patriotic and committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians, and we will continue to support them to do their job.

The general response to this update from the president is that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) should be scrapped, not reformed.

The protest continues today. Here are some updates as posted on Twitter.

More updates coming soon.

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