- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the nation over the #EndSars protest
- In his address, Buhari asked the country's neighbours and the international community to seek facts before taking a position on the matter
- Buhari's call comes after President Nana Akufo-Addo and other world leaders expressed their concern over the impasse
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The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has finally addressed his citizens following the ongoing #EndSARS protests that have engulfed the country.
Among other things, President Buhari warded off external influence in the affairs of his country during his speech.
In a response to Ghana's President and ECOWAS chairman, Nana Akufo-Addo, and other world leaders who have expressed concern about the impasse, Buhari advised them to speak with facts.
Nigeria has been in a tenuous situation, since October 8, 2020, when thousands pour onto the streets in protest of the activities of a police unit called SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad).
SARS had reportedly been terrorising the ordinary citizens, especially the youth, and even killing some.
Barely three days after the protest started, the Nigerian Police Force announced the disbandment of SARS but the protest still went on across some major cities of the countries.
Protesters were not satisfied with the disbandment and demanded prosecution for those who committed crimes under SARS.
The Nigerian government, in a bid to repress the protests which have been largely termed as peaceful, has resorted to the use of violence leading to the reported deaths of some protesters.
Following a reported attack on protesters by soldiers on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, in what has come to be known as the Lekki Tollgate Shooting, many voices have been raised for intervention from African leaders.
President Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, waded into the impasse and urged for calm while assuring that he had spoken to Buhari and the Nigerian President was committed to resolving the issues.
Former United States President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton, former Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, among others also criticised the Nigerian government over the reported deaths of protesters.
But without mincing words, Buhari asked Nigeria's neighbours and the general international community to seek all the facts before taking a position in order not to rush to make hasty pronouncements on what is going in his country.
“To our neighbours in particular and the members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements," he said.
Meanwhile, Ghanaian broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah has descended on Nigerians for insulting PresidentAkufo-Addo.
A section of Nigerians Nigerians got angry attacked the Akufo-Addo following his comment on the #EndSars.
But in her responses to these Nigerians, Nana Aba told them that President Akufo-Addo is not Buhari’s father.
She also asked the Nigerians to go to Abuja and get a speech from him if that is what they are expecting from him.
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