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#EndSARSProtests: 'I Stand In Support Of The Nigerian Youths' - Atiku

#EndSARSProtests: 'I Stand In Support Of The Nigerian Youth' - Atiku
Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has declared his support for the peaceful #EndSARSProtests going on in Lagos and other cities in the country.

The 2019 presidential candidate of the People's Democracy Party (PDP) made this statement via his verified Twitter page, where he also commend the tenacity of the brave Nigerian youths who have stayed out on the streets all day and night to make their voices heard.

Atiku also condemned any use of force on protesters across the nation and call on the relevant authorities to ensure that all incidents of excessive use of force by security agencies against protesters are investigated.

"I woke up to the peaceful #EndSARSProtests going on in Lagos and other cities in the country.

"First, I would like to commend the tenacity of our brave youths who have stayed out on the streets all day and night to make their voices heard. I stand with you all.

"Thus, it is essential that the fundamental rights of Nigerians to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression must be protected at all costs.

"I strongly condemn any disproportionate use of force on protesters across the nation. I also call on the relevant authorities to ensure our youths are heard, and all incidents of excessive use of force by security agencies against protesters are investigated," Atiku tweeted

The hashtag #EndSARS was trending worldwide on Twitter on Friday with celebrities including Star Wars actor John Boyega, Nigerian superstars Wizkid and Davido tweeting their support for protesters.

The highly-criticized Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars), were widely accused of unlawful arrests, torture, and murder with little regard for human rights.

Young Nigerians considered "flashy" often attract the Sars officers' attention and very few walk away without having to hand over money. Many get arrested or jailed on trumped-up charges while others have been killed.

The federal government has promised to reform the SARS unit, but protesters want the unit disbanded completely.

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