Nigeria's Buhari Warns of Action Against Violent Protesters

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that any act of hooliganism, hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests, would be dealt with decisively, to ensure peace and stability. Buhari issued the warning at the virtual opening of the 2020, Chief of Army Staff's Annual Conference in Abuja. The president also commended the Nigerian armed forces for their efforts at restoring law and order in various states during the #EndSARS protests. The protests were against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit accused of murder, bribery and corruption. It drew worldwide attention, following the actions taken by the police and army to quell the peaceful protests. Live ammunition was allegedly used, killing several protesters. Buhari went on to describe 2020 as a very challenging year, citing the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of life.


Protesters at an #EndSARS protest in Lagos in mid-October, 2020 (file photo).

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