Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the international community, especially those who have shared concerns about the protests in Nigeria, to know the facts before making judgements.
Several days of protests to get the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) unit of the Nigerian police disbanded has degenerated into violence and shooting of peaceful protesters.
This has seen the international community including the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) calling for calm and restraint on the part of both protesters and the police.
Addressing the nation on Thursday, October 22, President Buhari expressed gratitude to the international community but urged that making hasty pronouncements may not be fair when all the facts available have not been analysed.
“To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.”