Buhari stated these on Monday while virtually declaring open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 from the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Accoding to him, hooligans hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests will be dealt with decisively to ensure peace and stability in the country.
President Buhari, who issued the warning amidst reports of second wave of the #EndSARS protest, regretted the violence that trailed the last protests.
“Let me also mention the EndSARS protest which was recently hijacked by hoodlums which resulted in loss of lives and property in many situations across the country.
“I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests. However, this must be done responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I also want to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests, will be highly dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation.
“On this note, I commend the Nigeria Army for their efforts to swiftly restore law and order in many states during the last scale of criminality that ensued in the wake of the EndSARS protests.”
KanyiDaily had earlier reported that some Nigerians have started converging for a second wave of the #EndSARS protests, a demostration against human right abuses, police brutality and bad governance.