President Buhari has finally opened up on the gunfire attack on peaceful protesters that occurred at the Lekki tollgate on Tuesday, October 20
According to the statement released today, October 25 by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari vowed to ensure justice for the ”peaceful protesters who lost their lives.” The President explained that he decided not to talk about the shooting incident until he had access to all the facts.
He also promised property owners and business owners affected by the arson across the nation that they would get justice. He commended Lagos State for planning to prosecute 229 suspects arrested by the police for allegedly using the #EndSARS protest to destabilize the country.
The President also condemned the looting of items from private and public businesses. He appealed to families to turn back children who bring home unaccounted goods. He also advised wives must ask their husbands to return looted items brought home.
The statement reads
“As the Judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government, one of the more dozen states to do so, starts sitting on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his full support and optimism that it will assist the nation to give justice to peaceful protesters who lost their lives, security men who were murdered and property owners whose assets were vandalized and looted.
The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.
The President advises that peace, brotherhood, and inter-communal harmony are central to our ethos and urges Nigerians “not to turn against one another in hate.”
He said it is important that the police and other security agencies move everywhere to restore calm and normalcy as quickly as possible.
See the full statement below;
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