Saturday, April 1, 2023

Tinubu lampoons Buhari for ordering #LekkiMassacre

Bola Tinubu describes the Lekki massacre as indefensible and completely outside the norms of a democratic society.

• October 25, 2020
President Buhari -2
President Buhari (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Bola Tinubu has described the deadly attack on protesters in Lagos as unjustifiable and undemocratic. 

“The use of strong force against any peaceful protesters is indefensible, completely outside the norms of a democratic society and progressive political culture to which I aspire and have devoted my public life,” Mr. Tinubu said in a statement Sunday night. “That people were angered by the reports of violence and death is acutely understandable.”

At least nine people were killed when Nigerian soldiers opened fire on unarmed protesters in Lekki on October 20. The attack was filmed and streamed live on Instagram and other social media platforms. 

Five days on, President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to condemn the attack. His failure to hold anyone responsible for the attack and his position as the commander-in-chief made marked strong indications that he ordered the attack, security analysts said.

Experts also referenced how Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo fired Lawal Daura hours after the former SSS chief ordered a siege to the National Assembly in August 2018. 

“The way the vice-president handled the matter back then immediately cleared the air that he was not involved in desecrating the National Assembly as a major component of civil rule,” security analyst Victor Eke said.

Messrs. Buhari and Tinubu have been political allies since 2013 when they merged their political parties to form the now-ruling APC. 

Mr. Tinubu’s association with the president has made him a suspect in the Lekki massacre, with critics saying his public comments exposed his alleged involvement in planning it. His media businesses in Lagos, TVC and The Nation, were promptly set on fire on October 21, a development Mr. Tinubu decried in his statement. 

Although he was initially quiet in the days following the attack, Mr. Tinubu, who is seeking to be president in 2023, has sought to aggressively distance himself from the attacks over the past 24 hours.

On Saturday evening, he granted a media interview, saying he knew nothing about how the attack was planned. He also demanded an investigation that would see the ‘casualties’ of the attack equally questioned, becoming an instant target for ridicule.

Mr. Tinubu walked back some of his comments in his statement tonight, drawing a reconciliatory tone on both his innocence and the significance of the nationwide protests against police brutality.

“Understandably outraged, people sought to hold someone accountable,” Mr. Tinubu said. “For various reasons, I became the most available scapegoat.”

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Jude Idimogu


Obi, Datti unfit to rule Nigeria for not accepting Tinubu’s victory: Lagos lawmaker Idimogu

Mr Idimogu said any politician who finds it difficult to accept defeat is not fit to lead the country.

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi


Farooq Kperogi: Between Obi and Kwankwaso, who’s the “local champion” now?

Apart from winning 12 states, Peter Obi bested Rabiu Kwankwaso in 13 northern states.

Daniil Medvedev


Miami Open: Medvedev survives Khachanov test to reach final

Red-hot fourth seed Medvedev has now reached the final in five consecutive events after triumphs in Doha, Rotterdam, and Dubai before finishing runner-up at Indian Wells.



2023 presidential election was not credible: Davido

The award-winning musician made the assertion during an interview with Lagos-based Beat FM as he embarked on a media tour to promote his newly released 17-track album ‘Timeless’.

APC flag


APC organises counter protest against anti-Tinubu demonstrators in U.S.

The protest will be held at Lafayette Park, South West Quadrant, Washington DC, on April 3.

Abdulraheem Olawuyi


Kwara lawmaker Olawuyi joins race for Reps speakership

Mr Olawuyi said he believed he possessed the needed experience to make the office of the speaker better, if elected by his colleagues.