Richard Ginika Izuora
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo,mon Wednesday, October 21, criticized President Muhammadu Buhari; over the use of force to quell protests at the Lekki tollgate.
According to Obasanjo, President Buhari refused to explore all avenues for dialogue before the massacre at Lekki Toll Gate
Obasanjo disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Statement on Violence Against Protesters In Nigeria: An Appeal for Calm’.
The former President called on Buhari to “restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force; as a way of ending the crisis.”
He said history had shown that killing protesters only worsens the crisis and makes dialogue impossible.
The former President condemned the killing of unarmed protesters.
He said, “The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation; has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration…Such actions only reinforce the anger and frustration of the populace and close the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution.
“It is clear that Mr President and his lieutenants did not exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to the use of force.”
Obasanjo said it was worse that despite overwhelming evidence, the authorities were still denying ever killing protesters.
He, therefore, called on the President to take swift action before things spiral out of control.