Saturday, October 24, 2020
MARKET UPDATE
Advertisement

TheCable

Advertisement
 ON THE GO

‘We are sorry’ — Osinbajo finally speaks on #EndSARS

‘We are sorry’ — Osinbajo finally speaks on #EndSARS
October 16
23:28 2020

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has finally spoken on the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country and the rest of the world.

Advertisement

There have been calls for the vice-president, who is a professor of law, to speak up on the demand by the youth to end police brutality in Nigeria.

On Friday night, the vice-president apologised to Nigerians for the slow response of the federal government to the issues.

“Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry,” he wrote.

Advertisement

“I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough. These feelings of frustration are justified.

“There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.

“Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government.”

Advertisement

He said he has held meetings with governors, the executives of the national assembly and other key stakeholders to ensure justice is served fast.

“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast,” he added.

“The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.

“With Mr. President’s approval, SARS has been completely disestablished, and none of its former members will feature in any police tactical units.”

Advertisement

STATES TO SET UP VICTIMS SUPPORT FIND

The vice-president said he is  sending his “deepest condolences to the families of Jimoh Isiaq, and all those who have lost their lives at the hands of wayward police officers. To those injured, I wish a full and speedy recovery”.

“We have proposed that each state government set up a Victims’ Support Fund, which @NigeriaGov will support. This is the least that we can do to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant officers.

“We also understand that the issues that you’re raising are bigger than just SARS. They’re deep and systemic and we’re undertaking comprehensive measures that will revamp the police by addressing issues of welfare, service conditions and training.”

Advertisement

The #EndSARS protests to address systemic issues of governance in Nigeria has gone on for eight days.

4 Comments

  1. Suleiman Jibril
    Suleiman Jibril October 17, 02:06

    You! Protesters I hope you had it,government are apologize to u and promise to take action.can u go home now ?

    Reply to this comment
    • Slush
      Slush October 17, 11:03

      We don’t want apologies.. We want changes.. Visible ones then we can stop the protest. Until then.. Let the protest continue

      Reply to this comment
  2. Nicky
    Nicky October 17, 08:40

    Protests on #BuhariMustResign is coming soon

    Reply to this comment
  3. Wares
    Wares October 17, 09:11

    We dey wait for the #street life even wit the grammar wey u won take confuse us

    Reply to this comment

Write a Comment