Youth Minister Explains Why Buhari Hasn’t Spoken On Lekki Shooting

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Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s minister of youth and sports, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will break his silence on the shooting at Lekki toll gate when he has all the facts.

Speaking on Arise Television on Friday, October 23, the minister said an investigation into what happened has already been ordered by Buhari and is ongoing.

Addressing the nation on the #EndSARS protests on Thursday, October 22, the president failed to mention anything on the shooting of unarmed protesters in Lekki, Lagos by security operatives.

The speech has been generating massive heat online as Nigerians have been asking why he did not say anything about the Lekki incident in his speech.

Defending the president, Dare emphasised the need to get all facts right before taking any kind of action. He said:

“For sure, the president has ordered an investigation. He had a national security meeting yesterday. I can tell you that this is already ongoing because the president wants to have all the facts which will absolutely be made public.

“It is important to get all the facts right before we go forward, in this case. It’s going to be difficult to hide these facts because we live in a multimedia world and we have pieces of evidence and corroboration and I think it is important to get the facts right.”

According to the minister, when the facts are made available to Buhari, he will “level with the Nigerian people about what happened on Tuesday in Lekki”, as a man of integrity that he is.

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Dare said this is the first time there will be a presidential pronouncement that SARS has been dissolved, unlike other times where it was just lip service. He added:

“And I think when you look at what has happened in the past and the level of responsiveness and concrete steps, the whole five demands of the youth were wholeheartedly accepted by the president and he set up a process.”

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, was a memorable day for Nigerians as security operatives were reported to have opened fire on unarmed protesters gathered at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos. Many sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital while an unconfirmed number of Nigerians lost their lives.

The incident caused an uproar in Nigeria and abroad with many condemning the act.

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