The National Economic Council, NEC, has advised youths planning protests on October 20 to mark the anniversary of the EndSARS to reconsider the option in view of current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums.
The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo led NEC gave the advise on Friday at a meeting of the Council, in Abuja, a statement obtained by MetroWatch issued by Mr Laolu Akande, Special Adviser to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, revealed.
NEC, which is composed of all State Governors in the Federation and representatives of the FG, Chaired by Osinbajo, also pointed out the various actions already taken by Federal and State Governments to address the grievances that led to the 2020 protests.
The Council listed the disbandment of SARS; broad police reforms; establishment of judicial panels of inquiries to investigate allegations of human rights violations by members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies; recommendations of which panels are already at various stages of implementation including the setup of Victims Compensation Funds from which several victims have received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels; and prosecution of police personnel indicted by the panels.
“These are commendable actions that ought to be taken to a logical conclusion in a peaceful atmosphere,” NEC said.
“Organizers of the planned protests should explore the various channels of communication with governments at various levels to advance their positions and avert the breakdown of law and order that may result from such public protests,” the statement added.