Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated the meeting between Buhari and former heads of state was “very touching, poignant”.
He said they mentioned points surrounding the #EndSARS protests and the state of the nation.
Adesina made this identified in an article titled ‘#EndSARS: Inside PMB’s parley with former heads of state,’ on Friday.
The PUNCH reports that the meeting held about two weeks after youths in the country started a protest against police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and extortion within the nation.
The protests have been suspended in lots of elements of the nation after troopers shot a number of the #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki toll plaza on October 20.
Among the many former leaders current have been Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Goodluck Jonathan.
Adesina narrated that Gowon gave the opening remarks by lamenting that what had began peacefully was taken over by “organised miscreants in Lagos and other parts of the nation. Peace and real protests by youths have been hijacked.”
Drawing from experiences in 1967, before the Nigerian Civil War, Gowon was stated to have additionally given some recipes for the federal government to think about.
The presidential aide stated Obasanjo spoke subsequent amidst fears that he might antagonise the Buhari’s regime.
Obasanjo was quoted as saying, “Let me commend your speech of last evening, which the nation had been waiting for. You made factors that I imagine have to be commended.
“You stated peaceful protests have been a part of democratic practice. You additionally indicated that the calls for of the real protesters had been accepted, and also you have been engaged on implementation.”
The former President stated the actions of hoodlums who hijacked the protests must be condemned, “as they took away the protests from those that initially planned them.”
On the job and economic situation within the country, he stated, “We’d like heavy local and international investments to make the impact we have to make. Our Overseas Direct Investment is inadequate. And we have to get higher ends in safety, in order that the investments can come.”
When it was the flip of Ibrahim Babangida, he expressed concern in regards to the high quality of intelligence accessible to the safety businesses.
Abubakar additionally talked in regards to the want for synergy among the many security agencies, whom he stated ought to keep away from “a number of mandates.”
“With ample intelligence, a few of these issues may be nipped within the bud. “I commend the federal government for the efforts to date, to finish the protests. Funding of security agencies must also be regarded into, whereas the media must be adequately engaged,” he was quoted as saying.
Shonekan cautioned that “preventive actions must be thought-about for the longer term, rather than curative”.
“Pease call us for extra of those conferences. We have to continuously talk about essential national issues,” he added.
Jonathan was stated to have commended the broadcast of the previous night, and asked questions: “what led to the disaster? How will we cease such in future, even after the Buhari administration?”
He stated “the root reason for the disaster had been with us far earlier than the arrival of the present administration”, and that “it could final into future governments, besides some immediate steps were taken”.