The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has apologised to Nigerians on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, for any life lost during the #EndSARS protest.
This is just as he disclosed, that the Nigerian Government is totally committed to effect changes in the polity for the good of the citizens.
Dare, who said this while speaking on Monday, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would guarantee the safety of all law abiding citizens.
According to him, “It is important to start from the policy statement made by Mr. President where he issued a presidential pronouncement disbanding SARS, set up an investigation panel to look into human rights abuses and a judicial panel. Some of the demands need administrative and legislative action before they can be implemented. We have a president who has been working to raise the level of trust by doing what the previous government didn’t do.
“We did not have this level of engagement in the past. Nigerian Youth are law abiding and very smart. No Nigerian Youth deserves to lose his or her life as a result of taking part in legitimate protests which is enshrined in our constitution”, he noted.
If there are few people who have lost their lives during the protests, I apologise on behalf of the Inspector General of Police
The Minister further said that the changes clamoured for, are already being implemented by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Nigerian Police.
“The President is a listening leader, hence he has begun the implementation process of most of the demands by the protesters. The protests are legitimate and the government is committed to reforms.
“The President has listened and the protesters need to come to the negotiation table”, he ended.