President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country.
In his less-than 15-minute long address on Thursday, the President assured the protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’ and urged them to discontinue their demonstrations, saying ‘we are responding’.
The President, however, kept mum on the shootings by soldiers in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State, an issue many had expected him to address.
He spoke on everything else from the dissolution of the controversial (SARS) unit at the centre of the protests, to some steps being taken to meet the five-point demands of protesters, police reforms, the involvement of the international community and poverty alleviation initiatives targetted at the youth and other vulnerable groups in society.
“No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done,” the President said.