Muhammad Dingyadi, Minister of Police Affairs has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari won’t allow repeat of #EndSARS protests.
He said Buhari has given his words that he will do everything in his capacity as the President of Nigeria so avoid a repeat of the #EndSARS protests that took place.
This was disclosed after the National Security Council presided over by the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on tuesday 17th November 2020.
Muhammad Dingyadi further quoted the President as promising more support for the nation’s security agencies to maintain peace.
“In his concluding remarks, Mr President thanked members for the efforts they are making in maintains peace and assured members that he will do whatever it takes to support security agencies in providing peace in the country.
“Mr President assured Nigerians that he will do whatever it takes to ensure that a repeat of ENDSARS protests does not occur in Nigeria again.
“Mr President reassured all that all stakeholders will be involved in the process of maintaining peace in the country, particularly the youth, community leaders, traditional rulers, politicians, public servants, religious leaders etc.
“The Federal Government will continue to maintain its bureaucratic, humane, and just postures in handling security matters in the country.”
The minister was also asked whether the President’s promise of not allowing a repeat of EndSARS protest meant his regime will be clamping down on protesters.
He responded saying:
“What we are saying is that government will continue to dialogue, it will continue to listen and will continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that led to the destruction of a lot of properties, public and private, individuals in this country.”
Muhammad Dingyadi further said “The meeting noted the need to pay greater attention to the police in the discharge of its functions to maintain peace in the country, in the areas of equipment and modern technology.
“The meeting thanked the President for the concern which he has shown in repositioning the police to perform more effectively,” he added.
The minister though not disclosing totally said security agencies have targets and timeline to deliver.
He also alleged that bandits have been degraded and are only engaging on “hit-and-run kind of tactics”.
Muhammad Dingyadi agreed that efforts need be intensified to make the roads safe for travellers in as much as policemen and soldiers are embarking on joint patrol.
The minister said there was no truth in the report that policemen have abandoned the Abuja-Kaduna Road.
Dingyadi also said he reported to the council that policemen have returned to their duty posts after their withdrawal in the wake of the protests.
However, he admitted that policemen cannot be everywhere at the same time.
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