President Muhammadu Buhari said it was wrong to use violence to disperse peaceful protesters.
He warned against using security agents to brutalise peaceful protesters.
He also told youths, who have been embarking on #EndSARS protests across the country, that the time had come for them to leave the streets and approach the negotiation table.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, represented by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello, spoke at the maiden National Youth Day programme with the theme, ‘Invest in the youth, secure our future’ held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President argued that to allow protests is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength and belief in democracy.
He also told the youth that it was important for them to realise that protests could not last indefinitely.
The President said youths must realise that protests cannot last indefinitely. He said his government will not lift a hand to stop or suppress them.