President Buhari, in his address to Nigerians today October 22, 2020, on the civil unrest that has characterized the #EndSars protest in Nigeria, has sent a clear message to the international community.
In his message, he thanked the presidents of various nations who have expressed genuine concern over the police brutalities and intimidations in Nigeria but admonished them to get their facts right before they take a position.
This strong message rubs the face of President Akufo-Addo, especially who was pressurized to speak on the #EndSars protest which after he did was unwelcomely welcomed by a section of Nigerians on social media.
“To our neighbours in particular, and members of the international community, many of whom have expressed concern about the ongoing development in Nigeria, we thank you and urge you all to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position…… or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements,” President Buhari said.
… or rushing to judgement and making hasty pronouncements.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 22, 2020
This posture by President Buhari signifies the debate on the sovereignty of Nigeria which according to international relation analysts demands that well-meaning observers are minded and remained circumspect in their quest to see peace prevail in Nigeria.
According to President Buhari, any president of a neighbour or sister country who makes a judgemental comment about the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria will be deemed hasty and far-fetched.
International communities, public figures and celebrities all around the world have condemned the impasse in Nigeria and entreated the president of the country to nip the menace in the bud before it deteriorates; if it has not deteriorated already.
However, President Buhari believes these act of solidarity by member countries and the international community is not necessarily welcomed since it appears judgmental and bias.