#EndSARS: Biden urges U.S. to Stand with Nigeria

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#EndSARS: Biden urges U.S. to stand with Nigeria
Former U.S Vice President, Joe Biden

#EndSARS: Biden urges U.S. to stand with Nigeria

Former U.S. Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says the United States of America must stand with Nigerians “who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.”

“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence,” Biden said in a statement made available on his official campaign website.

#EndSARS: Biden urges U.S. to stand with Nigeria
Former U.S Vice President, Joe Biden

The statement came shortly after security agents allegedly opened fire on protesters on Tuesday night, in Lagos.

Biden encouraged the Nigerian government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society.

This, according to him, is to address the “long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”

“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” Biden said.

In spite of the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), protests against their brutality have continued in cities across the country.

The actual number of casualties and deaths from the incident on Tuesday night, in Lagos, continue to rise, though unconfirmed report put the figure at 72.

Mr. President has however refused to address the nation, though the Senate made call for the executive to face the issue.

The United States of America embassy has however closed operation across the country while Hillary Clinton mull support for the protestors.

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#EndSARS: Biden urges U.S. to stand with Nigeria