Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, October 16, has broken his silence on the nationwide EndSARS protest following numerous cases of police brutality in the country.
Osinbajo via his verified Twitter page on Friday night, apologised to all Nigerians who are angry over what they regard as the slow response of the government to their cries and calls.
The vice president admitted that Nigerians are justified in their bitter feelings because the presidency on its part could have acted much faster in containing the situation.
He said several meetings had been held with government officials and that actions were being taken, including the disbanding of SARS, to compensate for the injustice suffered at the hands of errant officers.
He wrote, “Dear Nigerians, I know that many of you are angry, and understandably so. We could’ve moved faster and for this we are sorry.
“I fully understand how many young people feel. Many feel that we have been too silent and have simply not done enough. These feelings of frustration are justified.
“There are far too many people who have been brutalised at the hands of the police and this is unacceptable. We must take responsibility for protecting young people, even sometimes from those who are paid to protect them.
“We understand that you want to see action from us and I’m here to tell you that work is ongoing. I chaired a meeting of 36 state governors and the Minister of the FCT (NEC), where we resolved to set up judicial panels of inquiry so we can see justice served, and fast.
“The reason being that only state governors, by law, can set up judicial inquiries in their states. The hearings will be public.”