President Muhammadu Buhari will address Nigerians regarding the state of the country this evening, Aso Rock has said.
The announcement came over an hour after the US government condemned the state of affairs in Nigeria and 24 hours after the Ghanaian leadership addressed Nigerians in the wake of Buhari’s unsurprising silence.
“Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Buhari will make a national broadcast, today, October 22, 2020 at 7pm,” media aide Femi Adesina said on Thursday.
“Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria.”
The address will trail the current spate of curfews and violence that erupted after suspected thugs, allegedly sponsored by the government, reportedly hijacked peaceful protests.
Nigerians were, under the platform of ENDSARS, calling for an end to police brutality and for a comprehensive reform of the force.
They had been calling on Buhari to address the nation. The calls got louder after Nigerian soldiers, in apparent bid to enforce a state-wide curfew, allegedly killed peaceful protesters in Lekki area of Lagos to Tuesday night.
Buhari met with his cabinet on Wednesday without discussing the matter.
That was the same day Ghana’s leader Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also the current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), addressed the public on the matter.