President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the youth to end protests against police brutality and instead engage in talks on police reforms.
He said the government wants to “hear concrete and practical ideas” from young people.
This follows weeks of demonstrations by the young Nigerian populace across the country to protest against police brutality as well as bad governance in the country.
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In a speech to mark the African Youth Day, President Buhari stated; “Every successful protest movement the world over has understood that there comes a time when activity must move from the street to the negotiation table. That time for you has come. Do not be afraid of this reality. You should welcome it.”
The Federal Capital Territory Minister Muhammad Bello, was also present at the event.
The president’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, also tweeted parts of the speech: