By Dapo Akinrefon
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere satirized President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday for keeping silent about the killings at the Lekki tollbooth and not visiting the site or sympathizing with those who lost loved ones.
Afenifere, in a statement by its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, described the president’s silence as pathetic and demanded the arrest and trial of all security personnel involved in the incident.
The statement read: “Afenifere is in deep mourning for Tuesday’s senseless massacre of innocent peaceful protesters in Lekki at the hands of blood-sucking Nigerian soldiers. The space where Muslims prayed on Friday and Christians on Sunday turned into bloody ground as the Nigerian state showed its bestiality. We mourn all the dead and we pity their families.
“Once again we identify with young people in their just demands for a better society.
“Mr. Babajide Sanwo-0lu, the governor of Lagos, has denied having invited soldiers to Lagos, we need to know who deployed those assassins through an international investigation.
FG must investigate Lekki shootings – CPCR
Meanwhile, the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, CPCR, yesterday asked the Federal Government to investigate Tuesday’s attack on peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate, just as it absolved the Nigerian army of any involvement in the shooting.
Condemning the cowardly act, CPCR described the incident as “an attack by the mob, clouded in political meanders, skewed to a puzzle game by political rivals trying to outwit each other, clinging to the current unrest.”
The group claimed that Nigerian army personnel, drafted to maintain law and order among protesting youth, could not have resorted to such unbridled action on armless citizens in light of their prior training.
“The Army, being a disciplined force, could not have degenerated into such barbarism a few days after President Muhammadu Buhari justified the holding of peaceful protests to insist on their agitations,” said CPCR spokesman Austin Alu.
Name, prosecute the perpetrators now, Onitiri tells FG
Furthermore, in condemning the issue, Lagos-based socio-political activist and critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, yesterday described those responsible for the attacks as sadists who should be exposed to the public.
The social critic asked President Buhari to fish with live bullets whoever ordered the soldiers to disperse the unarmed youth in peaceful protests.