Following the protests across the country by Nigerians against the notorious Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and bad governance, the National Youth Council, NYC yesterday stormed the National Assembly, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack all the Service Chiefs. In a 7-point demand made by the NYC said that the issues must be addressed by the government if it hopes to calm frayed nerves and end the on-going #EndSAR protests. The protesters had gathered at the Unity Fountain as early as 8am yesterday, stayed till evening from where they marched on the popular Shehu Shagari Way enroute the Three Arms Zone to the National Assembly.
For hours, the protesters took control of the main entrance of the National Assembly; demanding to speak with the leadership. Addressing a delegation of National Assembly members led by the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, All Progressives Congress, APC, Niger North, the President of the National Youth Council, Sukubo Sereigbe Sukubo read a 5-point demand to be delivered by the National Assembly to President Muhammadu Buhari. Top on the list of demand was the request asking President Buhari to rethink the current security architecture by allowing fresh hands to take charge. Later, the NYC protesters in solidarity joined another group of protesters; the National Association of University Students who had mounted siege outside the Nations.Assembly; calling for an end to the protracted strike by the body of University teachers(ASUU). As part of its demands; the NYC requested the Federal Government to waive the tuition fees of University students to cushion the impact of Covid-19 on their parents. While The NYC welcomed the full implementation of the deregulation of the petroleum industry; it however kicked against the recent hike in electricity tariff in the country. The National Assembly leadership led by Deputy Senate Whip, Senator Abdullahi Sabi promised the protesting youths that he would deliver their demands to President Buhari; adding that he was confident the President will addressed them in due course. “What you have asked for we will do it very very soon. If Nigeria is sick, all of us will suffer . We are sincere and we going to be committed. We are going to hold executive accountable.”