UN urges Nigeria to douse protests

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UNITED Nations (UN) has urged Nigeria to be cautious in handling #EndSARS protests.

  UN made the call yesterday in its reaction to recent developments in Nigeria.

  The call was contained in a statement in which Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, who condemned killing of protesters also urged for an end to reported police brutality and abuses.

  Reiterating UN’s readiness to support national efforts towards finding a solution, Guterres condemned widespread violence in Lagos and other states since the End SARS protests began.

  He also thumbed the violent escalation in Lekki on Tuesday night.

  Speaking further, the UN chief expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

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  He also urged the Nigerian authorities to investigate all incidents and hold the perpetrators accountable.

  Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force against the protesters, appealing to the protesters to give peace a chance as they go about making their legitimate demand.

  Obasanjo make the recommendation in a statement titled “Violence Against Protesters in Nigeria: An Appeal for Calm” in which he expressed his concern on recent events in Nigeria.

  “It is with a heavy heart and deep sense of concern about the ongoing violence, chaos and unrest in many parts of Nigeria that I make this appeal to the government and people of our dear country, Nigeria, to eschew violence and embrace peace and dialogue in finding solutions to the challenges we face as a country,” he said.

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  Similarly, United Kingdom and the United States as well as former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Nobel Laurete, Prof. Wole Soyinka have expressed their separate worries over the Lekki Toll Gate killing and the bloody turn assumed by EndSARS protests.

 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have also condemned the killings, calling for a probe.

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