While receiving in audience the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s former Minister of Environment, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, told Nigerian youths who have been protesting under the auspices of #EndSARS that it is in their interest to keep the peace.
He said Nigerian youths would do well to keep the peace, as it is in their own interest ultimately. “I have sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths. The views of the youths have been heard.”
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the statement was titled, “It’s in the interest of our youths to keep the peace, says President Buhari.”
Speaking specifically on the recent #EndSARS protests and the aftermath destruction of public and private property, the President was quoted as saying that, “Our own generation is on the last lap, we are exiting.
The Deputy Secretary-General said she was on a courtesy call with her team to flag interest on challenges that concern the UN, particularly COVID-19, climate change, security, and humanitarian responses to the diverse challenges.
The President was also said to have rued the fact that COVID-19 has shrunk the global economy, noting that “this is something you can’t see, smell, or hear,” but which has wrought devastation on lives and livelihoods around the world.”
On climate change, he said Nigeria was concerned about the recharge of Lake Chad, which has great implications on security, irregular migration, and livelihoods.