Niyi Osundare, a poet-laureate, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians the person who ordered soldiers to shoot at unarmed protesters in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State.
Soldiers of the Nigerian Army had on Tuesday opened fire on peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza following the declaration of a 24-hour curfew by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Following the shooting, Nigerians urged President Buhari to address the nation.
Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, Buhari called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the use of excessive force by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on protesters in Lekki Toll Plaza.
Reacting in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari, Say Something,’ Osundare asked Buhari to reveal who ordered the shooting.
The poet disclosed that many saw Buhari’s silence on the matter as a sign of contempt while others said it was due to lack of concern.
Osundare said, “You have an urgent, even existential reason to prove them wrong. Tell us: who ordered the Lekki Massacre? Who oversaw its execution? What sanctions are you putting in place for those perpetrators? The Nigerian people are waiting to know. The whole wide world is waiting.”