Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Federal Government cautions UK parliament to tread softly over comments on EndSARS protest



The Nigerian government has reacted to some comments by the UK parliament on the recent #EndSARS protest.

It stated that while debates on all matters are allowed, the UK parliament does not speak for the British government.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, made the position of the Federal Government known while addressing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to him, the Nigerian Government is in communication with the United Kingdom and has informed the British authorities of its side of the situation, especially as it relates to the shooting at the Lekki tollgate in Lagos.

The minister also noted that governors of the South East are already reaching out to their contemporaries across the country to ensure that the lives and properties of the people of the region are protected during any crisis.

He added that the leaders have given an assurance that they would do the same for non-indigenes in the South East.

Onyeama made the remarks in reaction to the call by UK parliamentarians for sanction against Nigerian authorities and security agencies over human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings during the #EndSARS protests which held in October in various parts of Nigeria.