Nigeria, Dec. 7 -- President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja warned that "any act of hooliganism hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests will be dealt with decisively to ensure peace and stability in the country."

Virtually declaring open the Chief of Army Staff's Annual Conference 2020, Mr Buhari commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their efforts at restoring law and order in various states during the unrest that ensued in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests.

Mr Buhari said his government was committed to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests responsibly and in accordance with the laws of the land.

He however said the #ENDSARS protests were "sadly hijacked by hooligans to cause wanton damage to lives and property ...