The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address Nigerians on #EndSARS protest which has been hijacked by hoodlums.
The senate resolved that Buhari should address the nation after Senator Biodun Olujimi cited Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on the #EndSARS and the need for comprehensive police reforms.
The motion was supported by the senators, which many of them erring their views on it.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, while commending Olujimi for bringing this motion, said he would have thought that the motion should be a Senate’s motion, as all of them in this Chamber were co-sponsors.
“We need to be made co-sponsors because these children who are on the streets are our children. I don’t know of anyone in this country who supports the illegal activity of SARS. I stand here as a victim of SARS. Nobody here is a friend of the illegal activities of SARS.
“When our children went in the streets demanding an end to SARS, I think it is a cry we all identify with and we will continue to identity with provided the protest remains peaceful. It must remain peaceful because it is what the Constitution guaranteed to them.
“What we have today right now is that the very good actions of our children is being hijacked. My own children are in the streets of the U.S. participating in this #EndSARS protest.
“I am not sure that my kids are in support of those who have hijacked this protest to go release prisoners. I urge that they should remain lawful. The protest should remain peaceful while they give government the opportunity to address these demands.
“We don’t want any harm to befall our children. We want to appeal to our children and kids to give this government the opportunity to address this issue.”
Supporting the motion, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said he thought part of what was going to resolve this issue was for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to look at the issue and address the Nation on them.
“And I think that the people will listen knowing that he has now come out directly to deal with the issue. I suggest also that in doing that, he must try a way of setting up a judicial panel that will have people that are well respected by the same youth so that they can address a certain issue and that issue is those notorious SARS officers that have been identified and even identified by the presidential panel