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Nigerian political parties ask Buhari, Buratai to resign over Lekki massacre

Nigerian political parties ask President Muhammadu Buhari, Buratai to resign over Lekki massacre
Emeh Joy

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties has called for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, Armstrong Idachaba, over their roles in the October 20, 2020, Lekki massacre.

This call came following the detailed documentary released by CNN, which showed exactly the events that occurred on the eve of the Lekki Toll gat massacre.

The video released by CNN showed that contrary to the Nigerian Army denials, they were indeed involved in the shooting of peaceful protesters with live ammunition.

The Conference of the Nigeria Political Parties is the umbrella association of all registered political parties and political associations in the country.

The group has urged the International Criminal Court to investigate, arrest and prosecute Buhari, Buratai, Idachaba and others for crimes against humanity.

Chief Willy Ezugwu, the Secretary-General of CNPP disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday when he was reacting to CNN'S investigative report which showed the Nigerian Army were involved in the massacre.

The statement read:

"Nigerian democracy is in danger as the voice of opposition is being silenced by the Federal Government of Nigeria, using all arms of government and instrumentalities of the office of the executive to shut the voices of oppressed citizens.

"It is now obvious that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration deliberately engaged the Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to intimidate, harass and stampede Nigerian broadcast media houses in a bid to cover up the Lekki massacre by slamming unjustifiable N3m fine on three television stations over reports on the killings".

The statement further added, "It is a shame that the Nigerian government and Nigerian Army have no respect for our national flag and anthem.

"The outcome of the CNN investigation now raises strong doubts on the loyalty or allegiance of the Nigerian security agencies to the Nigerian nation".

The statement further added, "The CNN was very conclusive when it noted on its website that 'the Nigerian Army has called allegations that it fired into the crowd "fake news" and told a judicial panel of inquiry that it did not shoot at any civilian.

"But, a new CNN investigation can reveal this is not true.

"In view of the new CNN insight's into the Lekki massacre perpetrated by agents of the state on orders of the authorities of the Nigerian state, we demand the immediate resignation of their Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and the Director-General of the NBC, Prof Armstong Aduku Idachaba.

This is "for their anti-people roles in the killings and the attempts to cover up the massacre of unarmed Nigerian people at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos on October 2020.

"If the Manuel Merino, President of Peru, resigned following the death of two protesters, it is time for President Buhari to resign if he still has any integrity left".

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