Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation as a matter of urgency following the nationwide protests against the brutality of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The CNPP made the call on Wednesday in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu.
“There is a time silence is not golden and such a time is now,” the umbrella body of all registered political parties and political associations in Nigeria noted in the statement.
CNPP stressed that “for the President to continue to keep quiet while peacefully protesting young Nigerians are being brutalised and killed by security operatives raises doubt on how sensitive the current administration is to the plights of suffering Nigerians.
“In case Mr President and his handlers has forgotten, in the dark days of military dictatorship both the people and the Nigerian media were gagged using the barrels of the gun but it never worked.
“If it didn’t work under the military dictatorships in the past, how do President Buhari and his handlers think rolling out tanks and oppressive weapons will be an answer to genuine demand for reforming the Nigeria Police Force?
“In case Mr President is not aware, our findings since the current unrest in the country show that the people are determined and continued deployment of security forces against the citizens will worsen the situation as bottled anger in the last five years of maladministration will finally be unleashed by the citizens.
“We then call on Mr President to immediately address the nation and order security agencies to leave the protesters alone.
“The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should do the needful urgently and stop an obviously impending national outrage against the government it formed in 2015”, the CNPP counselled.