On Sunday, President Muhammad Buhari met behind closed doors with the National Assembly’s leadership at the Presidential Villa, FCT, Abuja.
INFO XCLUSIVE MEDIA reports that Ahmad Lawan, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila represented the leadership of NASS at the meeting, which was presided over by the president.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said the meeting specifically deliberated on how best to address the ongoing #End SARS peaceful protest demonstrations being witnessed in the country.
According to Ahmad Lawan, the national assembly has a crucial role in ensuring that the Nigerian Youth’s demands are properly addressed and implemented to restore sanity in society.
Ahmed Lawan lauded the president Buhari for how and manner he had been handling the issues raised by the aggrieved youths in the country.
“This is certainly a very trial moment, and as a national assembly, we believe that we have a very critical and crucial role to play in ensuring that the current situation of protest across the country is bought to an end.
“I want to thank Mr. President for exhibiting very deep democratic credentials – the protests have gone on for over ten days, across many states of the country, and I think the protesters have expressed their legitimate right, the government has listened.
“The essence of coming to meet Mr. President is to review the situation and see the roles the two arms of government should play in ensuring that the five-point demands of the protesters are properly addressed.
“Where legislative intervention will be required, we are ready to move in and deal with such expeditiously to ensure that we don’t waste any time so that we address the concerns of our youths.
“Where the executive role is expected, we are sure that the executive will take expedient action, and we will be watching to ensure that such demands are properly met,” he said.
Ahmed Lawan, therefore, appealed to the aggrieved youths to suspend their protests as the government had commenced implementation of their five-point demands, saying the government needed a good and conducive environment to implement the demands.
Ahmed Lawan maintained that the appeal had become imperative to avert the country’s possible breakdown of law and order.
He said: “It is also very critical at this point to mention this since the protest had taken place and the demands had been accepted.
“Time has come for the protest to stop because the government needs to have sufficient Time and conducive environment to implement the protesters’ demands. We also need to have our economy continue to grow.
“When we try to stop everybody from engaging in their local businesses, closing roads to markets and other economic places, we disrupt the economy of the country, and that is not the best way to go.
“If the issues had not been accepted, then there would have been genuine reasons to continue with the demonstrations and protests. But since the issues had been accepted, we should give the government time to implement the issue.
“Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to appeal to our youths who are protesting that the protests have already yielded the desire results.
Ahmad Lawan, other Nigerians, have the legitimate right to go on their lawful businesses without hindrance.
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Also commenting on the outcome of the meeting, Gbajabiamila reiterated the NASS’s readiness to partner with other government arms, particularly the executive, in meeting the genuine demands of Nigerians.
However, he condemned the attack on Gov. Gboyega Oyetola during the End SARS protest in Osogbo on Saturday.