UN, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton Expresses Concern Over Violent Attacks On #EndSARS Protesters
Bill Clinton, former United States President, has expressed concern over the violence unleashed on peaceful #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.
Clinton in a tweet on Wednesday called for police reforms and an end to corruption.
He said, “I am deeply concerned over reports of violence in Lagos and urge the Nigerian Government to engage in peaceful dialogue with the #EndSARS protestors for police reform and an end to corruption.”
Scores of peaceful protesters have been killed across Nigeria in the past week by armed thugs and security agents deployed by government to quell the demonstrations.
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and his deputy, Amina Mohammed, a former Nigerian Minister of the Environment, have called on the Nigerian government to end the killing of protesters against police brutality in Nigeria.
A statememt by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said “I’ve been asked about the ongoing protests in Nigeria and I can tell you that the Secretary-General is following the protests in Nigeria calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad and an end to human rights violations allegedly committed by security agencies.” “The Secretary-General stresses the importance of respect for peaceful protests and freedom of assembly and calls on the security forces to exercise maximum restraint in the policing of the demonstrations. “The Secretary-General welcomes the decision by the Government of Nigeria to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Unit and undertake broader police reforms. He expresses the readiness of the United Nations to accompany Nigeria in those efforts,” the UN said.
Also, Joe Biden, US presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to cease the violent crackdown on #EndSARS protesters. In a statement on Wednesday, Biden asked the federal government to engage in dialogue with the civil society in order to address citizens’ grievances. He added that the United States must show solidarity with Nigerians who are peacefully seeking police reform and asking for an end to corruption. “I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” he said.