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EndSARS: Vice President, Osinbajo apologizes to Nigeria’s youth


Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has apologised to Nigeria’s youth for the government’s delay in handling the recent situations, saying the “feelings of frustration are justified.”

Osinbajo, who’s also a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, posted a number of tweets late Friday, explaining the actions the Federal Government have taken so far to meet the demands of the country’s youth.

The young population have been protesting against police brutality and have made calls for a total reformation of the police sector for two weeks now. Protests have been ongoing in different cities across Nigeria, with important figures from all over the world supporting the movement.

However, the government in Nigeria has been characteristically lukewarm, and that has made protesters even more determined to stay on course.

On Friday night, however, the Vice President divulged the discussions he’s had with key people in the administration, in a show of “transparency.”

“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing,” the 63-year-old stated in a series of tweets. “I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast.

“The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.

“With Mr. President’s approval, SARS has been completely disestablished, and none of its former members will feature in any police tactical units.

Osinbajo then condoled with the families of the late Jimoh Isiaq, and all those who were killed as a result of police brutality either during the protests or before.

Meanwhile, Nigerians held a candlelight procession on Friday night for those who have lost their lives to police brutality in the country.

The VP went on to reiterate Government’s committment to police reform in the country.

“We will continue to update and engage with you all on these action steps and the ones to come, in the spirit of transparency, so that you can hold us accountable. We are, after all, here to serve you and we owe you a duty to win back your trust,” he concluded.

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