Nigeria anti-government protests: Buhari promises to make progress

“In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of tests and challenges” that are “especially related to our collective security,” Buhari stated throughout a telecasted address marking the nation’s Democracy Day.

“Let me assure you, my fellow citizens, that every incident, however minor, gives me great worry and concern. We will, by the grace of God, put an end to these challenges,” he stated.

Buhari, who campaigned on a platform to end terrorism and violence by armed groups, has actually come under increased criticism over continuing lethal attacks in the northeast and southeast that have actually led to a financial and a humanitarian crisis.

Throughout his speech on Saturday, Buhari likewise stated his federal government is taking actions to deal with youth joblessness and hardship however confessed “there is much more to be done and we are doing our best.”

Activist groups have actually required Democracy Day demonstrations and individuals required to the streets in a number of parts of the nation on Saturday, consisting of in the capital Abuja, where protesters collected holding placards, stating “Buhari must go.”

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari before the opening session a Paris summit in May.

There were likewise demonstrations in the southwestern city of Ibadan. Olumayowa Okediran, member of the Trainees for Liberty group, who was at the demonstration in Ibadan, informed CNN that youths are tired of Buhari’s administration.

“We do not want to live under a tyrannical government that bans Twitter at a whim. We don’t want to live in a country where the police brutalizes us,” stated Okediran.

Recently the Nigerian federal government stated it had “indefinitely suspended” Twitter’s operations in the nation.

The declaration, published on the Ministry of Details and Culture’s main Twitter deal with on June 4, implicated the American social networks business of enabling its platform to be utilized “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The suspension came 2 days after Twitter erased a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that was commonly viewed as offensive.

Because tweet on June 1, the Nigerian leader threatened to deal with individuals in the nation’s southeast, whom he blames for the repeating attacks on public facilities in the area.

CNN’s Nimi Princewill added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.