The Muhammadu Buhari government has vowed to never again will tolerate violent protests.
Police affairs minister Muhammad Dingyadi said this, Tuesday, after meeting with President Buhari and other security chiefts.
Buhari’s media aide Bashir Ahmad said the president and his security chiefs discussed the spare of kidnapping along Abuja-Kaduna highway and other security matters.
Following the meeting, Dingyadi told journalists that the federal government has resolved to ensure that there is no repeat of the violence that was unleashed on parts of the country in the wake of the recent EndSARS protest.
Recall that the protest degenerated into chao after thugs allegedly hired by the government sttacked peaceful demonstrators, and after the military allegedly opened fire on protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos.
But the government now appears to be pinning the violence on protest organisers.
Dangyadi quoted President Buhari as saying that relevant stakeholders, including the youth, will be carried along to forestall a repeat and build a peace process in the country.
Asked whether it would include a crackdown on potential protesters, the minister replied:
“On the issue of EndSARS that you have raised, what we are saying is that government will continue to dialogue, it will continue to listen and will continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that destroyed a lot of properties, public and private, individuals in this country.”