By Harry Awurumibe, Editor ABUJA BUREAU
Disturbed by the escalation of #EndSARS protests across Nigeria and the dangerous dimensions the agitation for the end of police brutality, a Presidential aide, Senator Ita Enag has insisted that the Federal Government is favourably disposed to dialogue with the protesting youths.
Senator Ita Enang who is a Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs spoke Wednesday while featuring on Channels Television breakfast programme Sunrise Daily.
The former National Assembly member from Cross River state who appeared on the programme alongside human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN, to discuss on the bloody clash between protesters and security agencies at Lekki Tolls Gate, Lagos on Tuesday night, argued that it is about time to end the streets protests as the Federal Government has since commenced addressing the demands of the youths.
According to him, “it is quite unfortunate that the #EndSARS protests which started peacefully have turned bloody. I am quite sad. We must all condemn it and we must sue for peace in the land. Nobody is happy with the turn of events in the country”.
Enang argued that President Buhari has acceded to the demands of the youths and has given directives which have been carried out including the disbandment of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“The President has spoken, the Vice President has apologised, NEC and relevant Federal Government organs have all spoken. State Governors have been setting up committees to probe Police brutalities in their domain so let the streets protests stop”, Enang stated.
Asked if President Buhari is actually in the country following the persistent calls even from the National Assembly that Mr. President should address the nation in the face of strife in the land, Enang stated emphatically the President is very much in town and working from his office daily.
Prompt News reports that President Buhari on Tuesday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja virtually commissioned the new Head Office Building of Nigerian Police Fund Pensions Ltd, and promised the government was also focused on ensuring that police officers, who served the nation meritoriously, were resettled into retirement, with some financial support.
Meanwhile, Civil Rights Activist, Ebun Adegboruwa who also spoke on the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tolls Gate, Lagos last night called for the prosecution of all those responsible for killing of unarmed protesters.
According to him, “those responsible for the shooting and killing of unarmed protesters must be fished out and punished”, the fiery lawyer insisted.