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Tell Nigerians who ordered Lekki shootings, Osundare urges Buhari

 Poet-laureate, Prof Niyi Osundare, has urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to tell Nigerians the person who ordered soldiers to kill some unarmed protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State on Tuesday.

Some youths across many states in the country have been protesting against police brutality and the excesses of men of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

After the reported shooting of some of the protesters before the commencement of the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, several prominent Nigerians have been urging Buhari to address the nation.

The President’s address which eventually came on Thursday night generated attacks from Nigerians as he kept mum over the Lekki episode.

Osundare, who spoke in a statement on Thursday titled, ‘President Buhari, Say Something,’ said it was now two days since members of the Nigerian Army opened “fire on youthful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, mowing down twelve of them (according to press reports) and injuring many others.”

He added, “Before this final military ‘solution’, Nigerian youths had embarked on a largely peaceful demonstration against police brutality, much to the admiration and support of the public. Then came that brutal Tuesday night and the impenetrable darkness that covered and enabled the murderous act. As is to be expected, the aftermath of the Lekki Gate massacre has been an outbreak of civil riots and arson in many parts of the country, especially the South-West. Once again, the country is on fire.

“President Buhari, can you see the fire and the smoke from the remote grandeur of Aso Rock? Can you sense the ghosts of the slain, the groans of the wounded, the wails of the bereaved, and the miasma of Nigeria’s shame as it spreads across the world? Mr. President, your silence is so loud that it is bursting the nation’s ears.”

The elder statesman said many saw Buhari’s silence on the matter as a sign of contempt while others said it was due to lack of concern.

Osundare noted, “You have an urgent, even existential reason to prove them wrong. Tell us: who ordered the Lekki Massacre? Who oversaw its execution? What sanctions are you putting in place for those perpetrators? The Nigerian people are waiting to know. The whole wide world is waiting.

“As I said to your predecessor in office at another critical juncture in our nation’s history in 2015, the country you swore to protect and preserve is falling apart under your watch; so Mr President, say something, do something! The time NOW.”

Loveth Ogedegbe: Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 10/22/2020 11:47:00 pm
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