Why I will not act on EndSARS Lagos panel – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that until states which initiated inquiries on the EndSARS protests of October 2020 complete the process the federal government will not act on the reports of the set up panels.

Buhari spoke on Thursday at State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience Mr Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the Nigerian President noted that many states set up probe panels with different terms of reference given to them.

“We at the Federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work. We can’t impose ideas on them. Federal Government has to wait for the reaction of the states.”

The President also commended the United States on the recent removal of Nigeria from watchlist of countries violating religious freedom which Blinken said was “based on facts.”

Lagos State panel on EndSARS submits reports to Babajide Sanwo-Olu

But Buhari expressed the country’s appreciation, noting that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria, and no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith.

He said education is a priority in the country, “because when you educate a people, there are certain levels they will not fall below.”

Blinken appreciated the contributions of President Buhari to protection of the climate, particularly his presence and contributions at the recent COP26 climate conference held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Blinken said America and Nigeria have diverse challenges, but a common denominator is security, and hoped for better partnerships, “so that the bad guys won’t get the good guys.”

He described the report of the EndSARS probe panel as “democracy in action,” stressing that America equally had its own police brutality, and hoping that necessary reforms would be made.

Antony Blinken and Muhammadu Buhari

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