#Endsars Panel Report: We Await Statements from State Government, Buhari Tells Blinken
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Federal Government will allow the system to exhaust itself and wait for statements from state governments which set up panels to investigate police brutality in the country.
The President said this while receiving United States Secretary of State, Mr. Antony Blinken on Thursday at State House in Abuja.
This was also disclosed in a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Thursday.
The president said, “So many state governments are involved, and have given different terms of reference to the probe panels.
“We at the Federal have to wait for the steps taken by the states, and we have to allow the system to work. We can’t impose ideas on them. Federal Government has to wait for the reaction of the states.”
While speaking on the recent removal of Nigeria from list of countries violating religious freedom, which Blinken said was ‘based on facts,’ President Buhari appreciated the secretary of state, on behalf of the country, noting that there was freedom of worship in Nigeria, and no one is discriminated against on the basis of his or her faith.
He said, “Education is a priority in the country, because when you educate a people, there are certain levels they will not fall below.”
“The President equally appreciated the United States of America for allowing Nigeria to procure military hardware to fight terrorism in the country, and for the training given to Nigerian military,” the statement said.
“It’s helping us to stabilise the situation in the Northeast, and we’ve made a lot of progress since 2015.
“We are doing a lot on security, and the people involved appreciate our efforts,” Buhari said.
On the development of democratic ethos, President Buhari said, “Nigeria has adopted the American model, hook, line, and sinker, with its term limits. Those who have attempted to breach it were disappointed, if not disgraced. You are even lucky if you have two terms. Others try hard, and don’t get it. The American model has been accepted by Nigerians as the best.”
The President noted that, “Nigeria and her neighbours have been living with the impact of climate change for a while, which has seen the Lake Chad shrink drastically from its original size, and affected the livelihood of about 30 million people in the Lake Chad Basin countries.
“That is why the youths defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean to attempt emigrating to Europe. Inter-basin water transfer is needed to keep the youths at home, and they can resume their lives of farming, fishing, and animal husbandry.”
Mr Blinken, who held a virtual meeting with the Nigerian President earlier this year said jocularly that it was now good to see him “mask to mask, hoping that we will soon see face to face.”
He thanked President Buhari for his presence and contributions to protect the climate, at the recent COP26 climate conference held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Blinken said “America and Nigeria have diverse challenges, but a common denominator is security, and hoped for better partnerships, so that the bad guys won’t get the good guys.”
He also described the report of the EndSARS probe panel as ‘democracy in action,’ stressing that America equally had its own police brutality, and hoping that necessary reforms would be made.