Acting President Osinbajo hails Police handling of anti-govt protests

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has praised the Nigeria police for their handling of Monday’s antigovernment protests.

Hundreds of Nigerians in at least three cities took to the streets on Monday to condemn and seek a timely solution to worsening economic crisis in the country.

The protesters lampooned the administration for failing to address inflation that has seen food prices increase in the last few months.

“Your salaries are not commensurate with the kind of work you do,” Fidelis Elihabor, one of the protesters who converged in Abuja Monday morning, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Other topical issues such as corruption, insecurity and alleged impunity of the Buhari administration were also raised by the demonstrators.

Mr. Osinbajo, who on Monday said the government heard Nigerians “loud and clear”, said in a statement on Tuesday that the government was committed to a “continuous engagement” with the people to explain government policies, receive advice and criticism.

“I commend the IG and his officers for handling the protests with professionalism and respect for the rights of citizens,” he said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

“We are committed to a continuous engagement with our people to explain government policies, receive advice and criticism.”

The acting president said cabinet ministers have gone round 8 States so far holding town hall meetings, the most recent was yesterday in Ilorin. There will be more of such meetings in the other States that are yet to be visited, he said.

“With complete focus on improving the economy every day, the recession will soon be history,” he said.

Monday’s protest is the first major one against the Buhari administration, which came to power in May 2015.

He used his campaign to champion the cause for a new way of doing things in Nigeria, promising to root out endemic corruption, eliminate waste in public service while improving on security and economy.


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  • paul irumundomon

    At the end, the military wing, apc democracy gave the protesters freedom to protest. This is what you all voted for, please enjoy before they sign your right away.

  • callistus u owuamanam

    The police bowed down when they heard the voices of prof. Soyinka, Dr Oby. Ezekwesili. In this country, big personalities have more weight than the constitution, if not the police would not have opposed the protest in the first place.

    • Otile

      I am glad Imam was not on Nigerian soil when the protest took place otherwise there would be an ugly massacre. God is great.

  • Julius

    Good deed…the way it should be !

  • Otile

    It is going to take experts 4 months to get results of Imam’s tests, and may take another 5 years do the required surgeries, procedures and follow-up therapies. In that case we are looking at the tail end of Imam’s second term, in the mean time nothing will be achieved. Is this how Nigerians want to waste their future? God forbid evil.

    • Powerlessconscious

      You are too RESTLESS.

  • Wale

    Very soon, the police will join the protest.
    The people in Nigeria are beginning to see that the promise made by APC, the fight against corruption is a sham.
    I ‘m not a PDP or GEJ man, too far from it, but this president ain’t it.

    Policeman wife no dey go market abi, so does soldier man picken go pay school fees. And legislative and the judiciary plus the executives are busy sharing dough.

    It’s gonna boomerang.

  • Decimator

    “I commend the IG and his officers for handling the protests with professionalism and respect for the rights of citizens,” he said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.PT

    Meaning that it is to the prerogatives of mercy of the IG and the officers of the police force of the Nigerian Enclave, to respect the rights of the Citizens they are paid for, with their tax money to protect their lives and property, or decide to do otherwise and waste their lives at will.

    And in this case where they decided to spare the protesting Citizens their dear lives, they have merited the commendation of the VP Osinbajo.

    Can we see how Tyranny has rubbed even the authorities that should be, talk less of the Citizens of the Nigerian Enclave their self-esteem? Basically bringing them to their knees in a supposedly constitutional democracy, under the supreme command of Mohammadu Buhari, who
    was marketed to the same Citizens as a “CONVERTED DEMOCRAT”, by the peoples highly respected and foremost opinion leaders and human right advocates themselves?

    What an Irony of the 21st Century?

  • thusspokez

    “I commend the IG and his officers for handling the protests with professionalism and respect for the rights of citizens,” he said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

    The VP is clearly a very civilised and intelligent man with liberal values — unlike some of his benighted and brutish colleagues.

    The IG — unless he is a very intelligent man — will not understand the hidden meaning behind “professionalism and respect for the rights of citizens”. It is a stealth criticism of his policing: The VP is, in effect, pointing it out to the IG that this is the right way to police protest– not the usual heavy-handedness, harassment, intimidation, beatings, shooting and murder. Of course, the IG is entitled to see the statement as praises from Oga#2 — I don’t like being a killjoy-o!

  • At least we have a commonsense “president” that understands the basic tenets of a democracy. Another president would’ve sent in the Gestapo.