In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 21st, October, 2020

Gbajabiamila, Fayose, Soyinka React To Lekki Shootings

Gbajabiamila, Fayose, Soyinka React To Lekki Shootings

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka


Three eminent Nigerians have condemned the taking pictures of harmless and unarmed #EndSARS protesters by the Nigerian military.


Nigeria’s Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila condemned the taking pictures saying an excessive amount of blood has been spilled.


In a Twitter put up, he wrote:


Gbajabiamila: An excessive amount of blood has been spilled in our nation

Occasions in my house state Lagos, final night time and up till this afternoon, have left my coronary heart heavy and my spirit disturbed.

After sixty years, our democracy ought to have grown past the purpose the place conflicting visions of nationhood lead to violence on the streets and blood on the bottom.

It’s unavoidably and painfully clear that there have been quite a lot of casualties because of gunfire on the Lekki Toll Gate.

Subsequently, there must be a fast and thorough investigation to find out the info of what occurred final night time in Lagos. Our nation urgently wants and the Nigerian individuals deserve an accounting of the acts that led to the occasions of final night time.

I urge for calm while we get a more true image of occasions.

In Lagos and in every single place else, an excessive amount of blood has already been spilled in our nation, let there be no extra.

Could God bless and maintain you all. And should God bless and maintain our Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Additionally, a former governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose condemned the Buhari authorities for unleashing the military on unarmed protesters.


He mentioned in a Twitter put up that his coronary heart is heavy.


He wrote:


“My coronary heart is heavy. Like each different involved Nigerians, I am fearful. I am unhappy that troopers had been despatched to shoot at our youths, who had been solely expressing their anger in opposition to the system. I sympathize with households of those that misplaced their lives and pray that God will heal the injured

Nevertheless, the unhappy actuality we should face now could be that the present scenario in our nation is as results of permitting a clearly incompetent man to ascend to the best workplace within the land. I noticed all these coming and I warned Nigerians. You possibly can’t put on a white gown on a pig.

Life doesn’t matter to a clueless chief whose solely fulfilment is that he’s known as Mr President. He cares about nobody besides himself. That is why up until now, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has not mentioned a phrase. Unhappy!

These are troopers behaving so responsibly.

If the troopers that went to Lekki final night time had behaved like these ones, our nation would have been saved all these lack of lives and properties.


Nigerian troopers couldn’t fight Boko Haram, Armed Bandits, Kidnappers and killer herdsmen however can kill harmless younger protesters.

That is merely a perform of unhealthy management in our nation. Disgrace on them and their commanders.”


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Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka mentioned the federal government is again to Abacha days when harmless Nigerian lives had been wasted at will.


“It’s completely important to let this authorities know that the Military has now changed SARS within the demonic album of the protesters.”


Soyinka, has condemned the taking pictures of peaceable protesters in Lekki, Lagos, on Tuesday night, saying the military has changed the infamous Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).


In an announcement on Wednesday, Mr Soyinka accused the federal authorities of performing in an “authoritarian method” by deploying armed troopers on the protesters.


“It’s completely important to let this authorities know that the Military has now changed SARS within the demonic album of the protesters,” mentioned Mr Soyinka.


“My enquiry thus far signifies that the Lagos governor didn’t invite within the Military, didn’t complain of a ‘breakdown in legislation and order’. Nonetheless, the Centre has chosen to behave in an authoritarian method and has inflicted a close to incurable wound on the neighborhood psyche.


“Want I add that, on arrival in Abeokuta, my house city, I once more needed to negotiate a roadblock? That went easily sufficient. I anticipated it, and have little doubt that extra are being erected as that is being written.


It’s pathetic and unimaginative to assert, as some have completed, that the continued protest is hurting the nation’s financial system and many others. and many others.


“COVID-19 has battered the Nigerian financial system – resembling it’s – for over eight months. After all, it isn’t straightforward to convey down COVID below a hail of bullets – human lives are simpler goal, and there are even trophies to flaunt as proof of victory – such because the blood-soaked Nigerian flag that one of many victims was waving on the time of his homicide.”


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Troopers opened hearth on peaceable protesters on the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night, killing a number of youth. A minimum of, 25 individuals sustained gun shot wounds, in accordance with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.


The governor, nevertheless, mentioned no fatality was recorded within the taking pictures.


In his assertion, Mr Soyinka mentioned as he resumed his journey to Abeokuta at 6 a.m. at this time, he negotiated practically 15 roadblocks “all distinguished by an implacable state of rage.”

“It was in stark distinction to the inclusivity of the protesting ‘household of frequent trigger’ of earlier days,” he mentioned.

“All inherent fantastic thing about instantaneous bonding and solidarity evaporated. On the block simply earlier than the Lagos Secretariat, the protesters proved essentially the most recalcitrant. Ultimately, they exacted from me simply the one providing to the rites of passage – I may sense it coming — I needed to come down from the automotive and addressed them. I did.

“Little did they know what was churning in my thoughts: This isn’t actual. That is Again to Abacha – in grotesque replay.’”


The Nobel laureate known as on the affected governors throughout the nation to right away demand the withdrawal of deployed troopers.

“Convoke City Corridor conferences as a matter of urgency. 24-hr Curfews usually are not the answer. Take over the safety of your individuals with no matter assets you’ll be able to rummage. Substitute neighborhood self-policing primarily based on Native Councils, to curb hooligan infiltration and extortionist and harmful opportunism.

“We commiserate with the bereaved and urge state governments to compensate materials losses, wherever. To begin any technique of therapeutic in any respect – dare one assume that that is the last word vacation spot of need? — the Military should apologize, not merely to the nation however to the worldwide neighborhood – the info are indeniable – you, the army, opened hearth on unarmed civilians.

“There must be structured restitution and assurance that such aberrations is not going to once more be recorded.

Then each governance and its safety arms can begin a significant, lamentably overdue dialogue with society. Don’t try and dictate — Dialogue.”

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