Former Nigerian Leaders have Friday called on youths to pursue peaceful means, in seeking redress through engagement with Government and encouraged further conversation with the youths and other stakeholders in the country.
In a virtual meeting held with President Muhammadu Buhari today the former heads of state were unanimous in their view that generation of employment and growing the economy including through direct foreign investments were critical to checking youth restiveness.
According to a statement issued by Media Aide to President Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina stated that they also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of civilians, policemen and soldiers killed as a result of the violent protest.
President Buhari recounting the unfortunate incidents, told the Elder Statesmen it's unfortunate that the initial genuine and well-intended protest of youths in parts of the country against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) was hijacked and misdirected.
Reiterating his pledge to Nigerians from the nationwide broadcast on Thursday, the President reaffirmed his commitment to ensure inclusive good governance.
Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that at the meeting were all living past leaders, including: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan.