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#ENDSARS: We Apologise For Being Silent, Osinbajo Begs

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On Friday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on rendered an apology to the Nigerian youths for keeping silent and not doing enough to put a final stop to police brutality in the country.

This apology came on the heels of sustained #EndSARS protest across the nation which culminated into a candlelight sessions for victims of SARS and police brutality in several cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan.

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The vice president, in a Twitter thread, via his verified handle @ProfOsinbajo, said that the prevailing feelings of anger and frustration by young Nigerians were justified.

Osinbajo claimed that several meetings had been held with government officials and actions were being taken, including the disbanding of SARS, to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant operatives.

Osinbajo wrote, “Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry.

“I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough. These feelings of frustration are justified.

“There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.

“Over the past week, we have been following the protests, and I have had a number of discussions with key people in the administration that you deserve to be informed about. Transparency, after all, is a key tenet of government.

“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast.

“The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.”

Osinbajo also sent condolences to the families of Jimoh Isiaq, a protester killed in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, and all those who had lost their lives “at the hands of unruly police officers.”

He added, “To those injured, I wish a full and speedy recovery. We have proposed that each state government set up a Victims’ Support Fund, which @NigeriaGov will support. This is the least that we can do to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant officers.

“We also understand that the issues that you’re raising are bigger than just SARS. They’re deep and systemic and we’re undertaking comprehensive measures that will revamp the police by addressing issues of welfare, service conditions and training.” Osinbajo concluded.

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