President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to reports of a possible return of ENDSARS protest across the country.
Speaking at the opening of the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 from the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, President Buhari reiterated his commitment to rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests.
He however, warned that any “act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests, will be highly dealt with decisively.
“Let me also mention the EndSARS protest which was recently hijacked by hoodlums which resulted in loss of lives and property in many situations across the country,” the President said
“I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests.
“However, this must be done responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I also want to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests, will be highly dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation.
“On this note, I commend the Nigeria Army for their efforts to swiftly restore law and order in many states during the last scale of criminality that ensued in the wake of the EndSARS protests.”