Lawmakers in both the Senate and House of Representatives have seized the initiative from a taciturn President Muhammadu Buhari on how to assuage protesters who have been on the streets for 12 days.
The Senate has advised the president to make a broadcast, addressing the youths directly instead of delegating officials.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has vowed not to sign the 2021 Appropriation Bill if there is no provision for compensation for the families of victims of police brutality.
The Speaker also stressed that he won’t sign the bill that is presently before the National Assembly if the implementation of the agreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government is not included in the budget.
Speaking on the protests across the nation, Gbajabiamila said: “You (protesting youths) have moved a nation to action, and now you must join in doing the hard work of making real the vision of a juster, more prosperous, and more resilient nation.
“We see your true cause. Please do not allow your righteous cause to be hijacked by those with base motives, who see at this moment an opportunity to pursue vendettas, to spread division, exploit the many existing fissures that exist in our society and bring our nation to its knees.
“You have raised your voices and marched to demand a better Nigeria. From Abuja to Washington, to Calgary and London, your voices have been heard.
”Do not allow anybody to convince you that to withdraw from the streets now is to concede defeat.
“This is the time to move your agitation from the chaos of the streets to the painstaking deliberations and strategic partnerships that birth policy and produce legislation.
“It is time to mobilise your voices in support of specific policy interventions that will deliver on our shared objectives of national renewal and a country that reflects the best of us. I thank you, your country thanks you, and history will be kind to you.”