Why Buhari Didn’t Raise Lekki Shooting In Speech

Joseph Bakare

Mr. Femi Adesina, media adviser to the president Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday night, explained why the president did not mention the Lekki Shooting during his nationwide broadcast on the #EndSARS protests.

According to him, there was no vital omission in President Buhari’s address to Nigerians on Thursday.

Adesina argued that the much-criticised speech adequately met Nigerians’ demands.

He also argued that Buhari deliberately refused to make comments on Tuesday’s Lekki shootings; because both the Lagos State government and Nigeria Defence Headquarters are yet to conclude their investigations on the matter.

Many across social media have condemned Buhari; for failing to speak on the shootings of Nigerians protesting against Police brutality at Lekki plaza in Lagos on Tuesday night; by the country’s military operatives.

The incident, where some youth were killed while many more sustained different degrees of injuries had earlier been reported to have informed Buhari’s meeting with some of Nigeria’s past leaders.

The Presidency disclosed issues raised at the virtual meeting.

“He said the speech was quite good; and the country has been waiting for it. He mentioned specific things in the speech which he felt were very good.

“He then made his recommendation going forward; particularly in the area of economy and security,” the media aide said; dismissing the claim that people are outraged against President Buhari-led administration.

“The thing about Nigeria is that there are 200 million of us; and 200 million people will not see things the same way. And each will have a right to the way it sees things.

“The president thanked those (international community) who had sought to know before making comments; in other words, he was telling those who were hasty in their judgements to seek out information. He didn’t miss out on anything.

“You and I know what he was talking about. That message to the international community was on Lekki.”

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