Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has again urged the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), to address Nigerians and take steps to end the ongoing destruction of lives and property following the # EndSARS nationwide protests.
Atiku said this in a video broadcast released by his media office in Abuja on Wednesday . He explained that he had to call all his adult children to ensure they were safe , noting that he also placed the calls to be assured that last night ’s events were a nightmare .
He said , “ But it was real . This is our new normal . As I speak , many parents and homes are in mourning . Their children , mowed down in their prime by a needless show of force by security forces that were supposed to be protecting them .
“ For over a week , our young people have been trying to draw our attention to their grievances , by way of the # EndSARS movement.
“ Sadly, it reached a violent crescendo yesterday , with the unprovoked killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters , even while they demonstrated their patriotism by singing the National Anthem .
“ I call on our armed forces to show restraint . No more lives must be lost . Absolutely none. We must face our common enemies , not our brothers and sisters . And our foes are the terrorists and insurgents , who seek to end the Nigerian way of life .