Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has rallied round #EndSARSProtest, calling on federal government to dialogue with the youths, as protest is essential part of democracy.
Atiku on its official twitter handle on Friday, commended the tenacity of protesters who stayed out on the streets all day and night to make their voices heard.
According to him, “I woke up to the peaceful #EndSARSProtests going on in Lagos and other cities in the country. First, I would like to commend the tenacity of our brave youths who have stayed out on the streets all day and night to make their voices heard. I stand with you all.
“Protests are an essential part of any democracy as we have seen the world over, and should be seen as an opportunity for dialogue between our people and our leaders.
“Thus, it is essential that the fundamental rights of Nigerians to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression must be protected at all costs.”
He, however, condemned any disproportionate use of force on protesters across the nation, calling o on relevant authorities to ensure #EndSARSProtests voice are heard.
He said, “I strongly condemn any disproportionate use of force on protesters across the nation. I also call on the relevant authorities to ensure our youths are heard, and all incidents of excessive use of force by security agencies against protesters are investigated.”