#LekkiMassacre: This Is Horror, My Heart Bleeds – Saraki

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-Led administration to with immediate effect stop the killing of young Nigerians, and look for better ways to settle their agitations. According to him, it is very sad, the state at which Nigeria is being left for future generations. Saraki who explained that he […]

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-Led administration to with immediate effect stop the killing of young Nigerians, and look for better ways to settle their agitations.

According to him, it is very sad, the state at which Nigeria is being left for future generations.

Saraki who explained that he watched with horror, how force was employed against the Lekki #EndSARS protesters, noted that his heart bleeds for the nation.

He said that it unacceptable for any Government to turn its weapons on its own young people, adding that what has happened in Lekki tonight is nothing but a massacre

His statement was released in a tweet on his Twitter page.

His words:

I have watched with horror the use of force against the Lekki #EndSARS protesters. My heart bleeds for the country. It is sad and disheartening that this is happening. These are peaceful youth protesting to express legitimate concerns. It is unacceptable for any Government to turn its weapons on its own young people. What has happened in Lekki tonight is nothing but a massacre

This shooting must stop immediately and the security agents who carried out this exercise should be ordered to stop. No life of any Nigerian youth taking part in a peaceful protest deserves to be taken. 

This is not the Nigeria that we hope to leave for the next generation. Our young people are the future of our country. This is not the Nigeria we have worked for, striven for,  prayed for and have sacrificed for.

Dialogue is the only logical option in the current situation and not violence. Dialogue may take a longer time to work and it may appear frustrating. Still, as a leading member in the comity of nations, violent silencing of protesting youths cannot be an option for Nigeria. 

I appeal to the government to put an end to this shooting of protesters by security agents. We need to exercise great patience, restraint and   compassion in handling the demands of these youths as they represent more than 50 percent of the population. 

Killing our defenceless youths is wrong, whatever the circumstance. Killing our youth is also killing our future as a nation. We must take a quick walk away from this. We must do all that is necessary to protect and engage with the youths on all issues. Let the shooting stop and let fruitful dialogue commence. Mr. President, this is what needs to be done. I appeal to you to do the right thing.

End.

Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
Immediate Past President of the Senate and Chair, African Politiea Institute (TAPI)