What President Bukhari Says About CNN and BBC Coverage of #EndSARS Protest

What President Bukhari Says About CNN and BBC Coverage of #EndSARS Protest

Nigeria’s number one man, President Muhammadu Bukhari, has responded to coverage of the EndSARS protests by foreign media outlets, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the American Cable News Network (CNN).

The President said he was disgusted with the cover.

He said this on Tuesday at a meeting with state governors at the presidential villa in Abuja.

In October, young Nigerians protested EndSARS in major cities, calling for the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Police Unit (SARS) and an end to police brutality.

SARS, which was disbanded just days after the protest began, was known for extrajudicial killings, harassment and excessive use of force.

The protest became global in nature, and famous people from all over the world spoke out in support of the campaign.

Later, this largely peaceful protest was captured by thugs who unleashed actions such as looting and arson.

However, on October 20, two weeks after the start of the protest, Nigerian soldiers opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Lekki Toll Gate Plaza in Lagos state.

This sparked outrage, which forced the military and the Lagos state government to initially refuse filming.

The PREMIUM TIMES investigation revealed that some people died and many were injured.

A special CNN report says that soldiers fired at protesters, many were killed. During the investigation, bullets used as a 2015 brand from Serbia were found. This refuted the military’s claims of denial of the use of real ammunition.

But the Nigerian government denounced CNN’s report as flawed and irresponsible.

Meanwhile, in his first public comment on the coverage of the protests, the president said foreign media coverage was not balanced.

He specifically accused CNN and BBC of not killing police officers or attacking police stations and prisons.

“I was disgusted with the cover, which did not pay attention to the killed cops, burned down stations and open prisons. (They said that we are all to blame. We have no sympathy for anyone. We are alone) “
was quoted by his spokesman Garba Shehu.

President Bukhari also warned that the government would no longer tolerate violent demonstrations in Nigeria, adding: “Democracy does not mean confusion or irresponsibility.”

Regarding the destruction of public and private property, Bukhari said that no responsible government would allow this to happen again.

“We are not hindering anyone from demonstrating, but there are no checkpoints, the windshields are broken. Which government will allow this? “

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