BREAKING: Some Nigerians mistook our disbandment of SARS as weakness – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) has said some Nigerians mistook as weakness, the swift response of his regime to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

Buhari made this known in a live broadcast on Thursday evening.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had scrapped the special police unit in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.

Adamu had announced the Special Weapons and Tactics team as replacement for the disbanded team.

Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, the President said, β€œAs a democratic government, we listened to, and carefully evaluated the five-point demands of the protesters. And, having accepted them, we immediately scrapped SARS, and put measures in place to address the other demands of our youth.

β€œOn approving the termination of SARS, I already made it clear that it was in line with our commitment to the implementation of extensive Police reforms.

β€œSadly, the promptness with which we have acted seemed to have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some for their selfish unpatriotic interests.

β€œThe result of this is clear to all observers: human lives have been lost; acts of sexual violence have been reported; two major correctional facilities were attacked and convicts freed; public and private properties completely destroyed or vandalised; the sanctity of the Palace of a Peace Maker, the Oba of Lagos has been violated. So-called protesters have invaded an International Airport and in the process disrupted the travel plans of fellow Nigerians and our visitors.