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ECOWAS Commission President advocates for dialogue in addressing unrest in Nigeria

President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou has appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the youth and civil society organizations to urgently use dialogue for early amicable resolution of the social unrest, and maintain the image of the country as a bastion of law and order.   

According to him in an effort to address the demands of the protesting youth, the government should take a decision regarding the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), and ensure comprehensive police reform and investigate the cases of brutality. 
In a statement signed by the Commission President, it noted that the ECOWAS Commission rocognise the rights of citizens to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and protest. However, those rights should be exercised in a non-violent manner. 
“We call on the protesters to remain peaceful in the conduct of their demonstrations, as well as the Nigerian security operatives to exercise restrains in the handling of the protests and act professionally”.   
Mr. Kassi Brou further expressed the Commission’s condolences to families and friends of those who lost their lives during the protests and wished the injured speedy recovery.     

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