- New Salaries Underway for Police, Paramilitary Organisations
President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, bowed to public pressure on him to speak to Nigerians in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests which took a tragic turn Monday night as soldiers fired live runs at the Lekki Toll Gate.
The shooting, which provoked national and international umbrage, triggered massive looting and large scale destruction of public and private properties in Lagos and Benin, by hoodlums who also killed some police officers.
But in his address to the nation, broadcast on all major networks in the country, President Buhari advised the #ENDSARS protesters to stand down and “take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful.”
He advised the protesting youths to “resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy.
“For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation. Under no circumstances will this be tolerated.”
Reminding citizens of his administration’s recent increase of teachers’ salaries and emoluments, Buhari also announced that new salary structures were underway for the Nigeria Police Force and other paramilitary establishments in the country.
The President thanked the international community for the interest shown in the recent events in Nigeria but advised them to get their facts right and not rush to conclusions and judgement.
Below is the full text of the President’s address to the nation: