Three prominent Nigerians condemned the killing of innocent and unarmed #EndSARS demonstrators by the Nigerian army.
Nigerian House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila condemned the shooting, saying too much blood had been spilled.
In his Twitter post, he wrote: Gbajabiamila: Too much blood has been spilled in our country. The events in my hometown Lagos last night and to this day have left my heart heavy and my spirit troubled. years, our democracy had to develop to the point where conflicting ideas about nationality lead to violence in the streets and blood on the ground.
It is inevitable and painfully clear that the shots fired at the toll station in Lecchi had many casualties.
Therefore, a quick and thorough investigation is needed to establish the facts of what happened last night in Lagos. Our nation is in dire need, and the people of Nigeria deserve an account of the actions leading up to the events of last night. Call for calm as we get a more accurate picture of events. Too much blood has already been shed in Lagos and throughout our country, which no longer exists.
God bless you and protect you all. And may God bless and preserve our Federal Republic of Nigeria. In addition, former governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose condemned the Bukhari government for unleashing an army against unarmed protesters. He said on his Twitter that his heart was heavy. He wrote:
“My heart is heavy. Like any worried Nigerian, I’m worried. It saddens me that the soldiers were sent to shoot at our young people, who only expressed their anger at the system. I separate the families of those who have lost their lives and pray that God will heal the injured. However, the sad reality that we are facing now is that the current situation in our country is the result of a clearly incompetent person being able to rise to a top position. in the ground.
I foresaw this and warned the Nigerians. It is impossible to put a white robe on a pig: life does not matter to an incapable leader whose only achievement is to be called Mr. President. He doesn’t care about anyone but himself.
That is why the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has not yet said a word. Sad! These are the soldiers who behave so responsibly. If the soldiers who came to Lekki last night behaved like this, our people would be saved from all this loss of life and property.
Sad! Nigerian soldiers cannot fight Boko Haram, armed bandits, kidnappers and bloodthirsty shepherds, but they can kill innocent young protesters. This is simply the result of poor leadership in our country. Shame on them and their commanders. “
Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka said the government is back to the Abacha era, when innocent Nigerian lives were wasted. “It is imperative to inform this government that the military has replaced SARS in the demonic album of the demonstrators.” Soyinka condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos, on Tuesday evening, saying the army had replaced the infamous Anti-Robbery Special Squad (SARS).
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka accused the federal government of “authoritarian” behavior by sending armed soldiers to target the protesters. “It is imperative to inform this government that the military has replaced SARS in the demonic album of the demonstrators,” Mr. Soyinka said.
“My investigation so far shows that the governor of Lagos did not invite him to the army, did not complain about“ violation of public order ”. However, the Center chose to act with authority and inflicted an almost incurable wound on the psyche of the community.
“Should I add that upon arriving in Abeokuta, my hometown, I had to cross the checkpoint again? Everything went very well. I expected this and have no doubt that more will be erected as this is written. It is pathetic and unimaginative to assert, as some have done, that the ongoing protest is hurting the country’s economy, etc., etc.
“COVID-19 has been affecting the economy of Nigeria as it stands for over eight months. Of course, defeating COVID under a hail of bullets is not easy – human lives are an easier target, and there are even trophies that can be demonstrated as proof of victory, such as the blood-soaked Nigeria flag waving one of the victims. at the time of his murder. ”
On Tuesday evening, soldiers opened fire on peaceful demonstrators at the toll station in Lekki, killing several youths. Governor Babajide Sanvo-Olu said at least 25 people were wounded by gunshot. The governor, however, said there were no victims of the shelling.
In a statement, Mr. Soyinka said that when he resumed his trip to Abeokuta at 6 am this morning, he crossed almost 15 roadblocks, “all marked by a state of ruthless anger.” “This was in stark contrast to the inclusiveness of the ‘common cause’ family of the previous days,” he said.
“All the inner beauty of instant connection and solidarity has evaporated. In the block in front of the Lagos secretariat, the demonstrators showed the greatest defiance. In the end, they only demanded what he offered at the initiation rites – I heard it coming – I had to get out of the car and go to them. I did it. “They didn’t know what worried me:
It is not true. This “Return to Abacha” is a grotesque response: “The Nobel laureate has called upon the affected governors across the country to immediately demand the withdrawal of deployed soldiers.” Call urgently for City Hall meetings. A 24-hour curfew is not a solution.
Consider the safety of your people as every resource you can rummage through. Replace public self-control with local councils to curb infiltration of bullies and predatory and destructive opportunism. “We sympathize with the grief and urge state governments to make up for material losses everywhere.
To begin any healing process, dare you suggest that this is the ultimate goal of desire? – the military should apologize not only to the nation, but also to the world community – the facts are undeniable – you, the military, opened fire on unarmed citizens. “There must be structured restitution and the assurance that these deviations will not be re-registered.
Thus, both government and its security weapons can enter into a constructive and highly overdue dialogue with society. Don’t try to dictate – dialogue. “