President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives , Femi Gbajabiamila, over the ongoing protests against the scrapped Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.
Rising from the meeting held inside the Presidential Villa , Abuja, Lawan told State House correspondents that the country and its leaders are passing through a trying time.
The Senate President assured Nigerians that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, unit of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has ended.
Lawan discloses that Buhari ordered the dissolution of SARS and not the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu as widely believed in sine quarters.
Speaking, Lawan said: “Since the issues raised by the protesters have been accepted by the government, the time has come for the protests to stop. Government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters, the protest has yielded the desired result. SARS was ended not by the IGP but President Buhari himself.
“Buhari made a presidential statement and that would be the first time any president would say end SARS and SARS has ended.”
“ This is certainly a trying moment for our country and the leadership of this country.
“ As the National Assembly, we believe we have critical and crucial roles in ensuring that the current situation of protests across the country is brought to an end ,” he said.
Gbajabiamila joined Lawan in calling on the youth to stop the protest .
He however said they were at liberty to resume the protests if they discovered that nothing had been done after two weeks .
He urged the youth to give the President the benefit of the doubt since he was the one that scrapped SARS this time, and not the Inspector- General of Police.