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EndSARS: Obasanjo Condemns Lekki Shootings, Says Killing Will Make Peace Impossible

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take quick actions on the unrest in different parts of the nation.

The former Nigerian leader, in a statement on Wednesday, said Buhari “must act now before it is too late”.

“This time demands leadership and mature leadership as such”, he noted.

Obasanjo also appealed to the youths and End SARS protesters to give peace a chance.

Admitting that they have a right to make legitimate demands, the retired General enjoined them stay calm.

Obasanjo said his heart was heavy and that he was deeply concerned about the ongoing situation.

He stressed that the country was at a critical moment.

The Owu-born elders statesman advised Buhari to restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force.

“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. “It is clear that Mr. President and his lieutenants did exhaust the opportunities for dialogue with the protesters before resorting to use of force.

“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”, Obasanjo wrote

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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