Satguru Maharaj Ji, the leader of One Love Family, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of causing the killing of unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate plaza in Lagos State.
Speaking to newsmen at the Satguru Maharaj Ji Village, in Iju, Lagos, the popular cleric stated that Buhari’s refusal to pacify aggrieved youths “on time” led to the killing.
According to him, the government at all levels should listen to the youths and ensure equal rights, equity and respect for the rule of law and dignity.
Guru Maharaj Ji said: “Youths inclusiveness in governance is a panacea to a better and greater Nigeria.
“In the case of Nigeria, the government must wake up to listen to the masses and youths in particular and make sure that there is equal rights, equity and respect for the rule of law and dignity.
“It took Nigerian protesters to make President Buhari know that the vast majority of the people of Nigeria are suffering.
“Unfortunately, Mr. President did not come out on time to pacify them which led to the killings which took place at Lekki.’’
Naija News recalls that protesting youths in Nigeria agitating for the end to police brutalization and extrajudicial killings of Nigerians had stormed the streets, protesting the brutalities, humiliation, and extortion of Nigerians, especially the youths.
The protesters demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi, using a hashtag: #EndSARS.
On Sunday, October 11, 2020, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, disbanded SARS following a widespread protest from Nigerians worldwide. However, since the announcement that SARS has been scrapped, the protesters refused to leave the streets, this resulted in the declaration of a curfew by the Lagos government.
Following the curfew, soldiers of the Nigerian Army invaded a peaceful protest at Lekki toll gate on Tuesday evening, October 20, killing #EndSARS protesters in the process.
An eyewitness of the massacre, Obianuju Udeh, a popular Nigerian disc jockey known as DJ Switch, had said she and other #EndSARS protesters counted 15 corpses at the Lekki toll gate when men in army uniform opened fire on peaceful protesters.
“We were teargassed. We would run and come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor and raise our hands up, waving the flags and singing the national anthem. That’s all we had,” she said.
“The military were there killing Nigerian citizens. The police and SARS came and were doing the same thing, aiming and shooting. They were pointing the gun at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to protest ground? Who does that?” DJ Switch questioned.
But the army who initially denied involvement in the Lekki shootings, later disclosed that its officers were invited by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to enforce a curfew imposed on the state last Tuesday.