Atiku condemns FG over killings, urges Buhari to address Nigerians

Atiku Abubakar has condemned the killing of EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate Lagos
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Ernest Sunday

The former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has rebuked the killing of peaceful EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate Lagos and has called on the president of Nigeria Major General Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation to end the ongoing violence.

Atiku said this in a speech in the media office in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the youths who are protesting for EndSARS are supposed to be protected by the Force, and not to get killed by them.

He reminded the government that the EndSARS protesters they are killing had called their attention for over a week, and they neglected it.

Atiku said that the government is killing their brothers and sisters instead of facing the common enemy and he has urged President Buhari to address Nigeria and put an end to the killings and destructions of properties.

“But it was real," Atiku said. "This is our new normal. As I speak, many parents and homes are in mourning. Their children, mowed down in their prime by a needless show of force by security forces that were supposed to be protecting them.

“For over a week, our young people have been trying to draw our attention to their grievances, by way of the #EndSARS movement.

“Sadly, it reached a violent crescendo yesterday, with the unprovoked killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters, even while they demonstrated their patriotism by singing the National Anthem.

“I call on our armed forces to show restraint. No more lives must be lost. Absolutely none. We must face our common enemies, not our brothers and sisters. And our foes are the terrorists and insurgents, who seek to end the Nigerian way of life.

“Finally, I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to the nation, even as he speedily implements the demands laid out by our young compatriots.” He expressed his condolences to families of victims of the shootings just as he urged hospitals to treat the injured and save lives.

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