Mrs. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

UN to Nigeria: Engage youths to avoid further protests, loss of lives and property

*What has been put in place are those building blocks, and the support that the United Nations has been asked to make sure that those conveniences can happen ─Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

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In connection with the recent nationwide #EndSARS protests with their attendant consequences on individuals, businesses and organisations in the country’s economy, the United Nations (UN) has called on the Nigerian Government to engage the youths in order to forestall further loss of lives and destruction of public and private assets.

Mrs. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, stated this Monday, November 9, 2020, when she visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, FCT.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General said: “The UN’s response to this is that we must make sure that what happened in this protest, we are able to address those gaps, issues and to begin the reforms needed to address many of these outstanding issues,” she said.

“We need an engaged youth and an engaged government. I think what has been put in place are those building blocks and the support that the UN has been asked to make sure that those conveniences can happen.”

Amina urged the Muhammadu Buhari administration to build back the trust of the people for the social contract to be met.

Buhari asked Nigerian youths to keep the peace, saying that it is in their own interest to do so.

The President stated: “It is in the interest of the youths to keep the peace. They want jobs, infrastructure and development.

“I have sent a team led by the Chief of Staff (Professor Ibrahim Gambari) to go round the country, talk to traditional rulers, who will then talk to the youths. The views of the youths have been heard.”

According to Buhari on the recent #EndSARS protest that led to the destruction of lives and property in the country, “our own generation is on the last lap, we are exiting.”

He said though the current administration inherited severe infrastructural deficits, Buhari explained that the Federal Government is doing its best within the available limited resources on the ground.

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