Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the ongoing unrest in different parts of the country as a result of the uncalled killings of citizens by security agents in various states across the nation.
Obasanjo in a statement on Wednesday, October 21 urged President Muhammadu Buhari to act with immediate effect on the crisis before it is too late to do so.
According to the elder statesman who served as a military and political leader, the situation at hand demands leadership and mature leadership as such. Obasanjo also admonished the youths, most especially the #EndSARS protesters to allow for peace to reign in the country.
The leader acknowledged the fact that the citizens have the legal right to make legitimate demands, he, however, urged them to stay calm. He revealed that his heart was heavy and that he was deeply concerned about the ongoing situation.
He stressed that the country was at a critical moment and urged the incumbent president to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force on citizens who they are supposed to protect.
He said, “The shooting and murder of unarmed protesters, no matter the level of provocation, has never been effective in suppressing public anger and frustration.”
“Instead, such actions only reinforces the anger and frustration of the populace and closes the window of dialogue and peaceful resolution,” Obasanjo noted.
He stressed further that “It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force.
Reacting to the denial of the government in having hand in the massacre, Obasanjo said, “It is worse that there is denial of wrongdoing despite overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.”
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned the shooting of protesting youths in Lekki, Lagos State and other parts of the country.
The world leader of the Anglican Church who is a personal friend of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said he had earlier advised the President to ensure that lives are protected.