President, Muhammadu Buhari has said he regretted the tragedies that greeted the EndSARS protest resulting to loss of lives and properties.
The President stated this on Thursday while addressing Nigerians in a national broadcast.
Buhari said the tragedies associated with the protests which was hijacked by hoodlums are uncalled for and unnecessary.
He said there was no way to connect the vandalization and arson to legitimate expression of grievance of the youths in the country.
He noted that, spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular was a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behavior.
He said as a democratic government, his administration has listed and accepted the five-point demands of the protesters, stressing that, the promptness which the government have acted have been misconstrued as a sign of weakness and twisted by some people for their selfish unpatriotic interests.
He however, said to cushion the agony of the tragedies, his administration has put in place measures and initiatives for the youths, women and most vulnerable groups in the society.
The measures according to President Buhari include, paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises, paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission, giving grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans and guaranteeing market for the products of traders among others.