Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has apologized to Nigerians, admitting and faulting the Federal Government for not moving swiftly in addressing the demands of citizens calling for a total ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS unit of the police.
Osinbajo, in a series of tweets on Friday night, said he knew many Nigerians were angry, and that their anger was justified.
He said he understood the feelings of many young people in the country, noting that many felt that the government had been too silent and had simply not done enough, adding that the feelings of frustration were justified.
Osinbajo noted that far too many people had been brutalized by the police, describing the situation as unacceptable.
The VP said it was the responsibility of the government to protect young people, even from those paid to protect them.
He noted that the nationwide protests had gone beyond agitations about SARS, adding that the government had undertaken comprehensive measures that would revamp the police by addressing issues of welfare, conditions of service, and training.