Once again, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation in the wake of ongoing violent crackdown on #EndSARS protests and destruction of lives and property by hoodlums.
Speaking in a video broadcast released by his media office in Abuja, he reacted to the shooting of protesters in Lagos on Tuesday, saying he was “heartbroken” and called on the armed forces to show restraint.
He explained that he had to call all his adult children to ensure they were safe, noting that he also placed the calls to be assured that last night’s events were a nightmare.
“But it was real. This is our new normal. As I speak, many parents and homes are in mourning. Their children, mowed down in their prime by a needless show of force by security forces that were supposed to be protecting them,” he noted.
Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general election, expressed his condolences to families of victims of the shootings just as he urged hospitals to treat the injured and save lives.
“For over a week, our young people have been trying to draw our attention to their grievances, by way of the #EndSARS movement,” he began with his broadcast.
“Sadly, it reached a violent crescendo yesterday, with the unprovoked killing of unarmed and peaceful protesters, even while they demonstrated their patriotism by singing the National Anthem.
“There are reports of hospitals refusing to treat the injured from this horrendous incident, I urge all hospitals, private and public to prioritise the Hippocratic oath and treat every and all the injured to save their lives. (It) is a task that must be prioritised.
“I call on our armed forces to show restraint. No more lives must be lost. Absolutely none. We must face our common enemies, not our brothers and sisters. And our foes are the terrorists and insurgents, who seek to end the Nigerian way of life.
“Finally, I urge President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to the nation, even as he speedily implements the demands laid out by our young compatriots.”
I am heartbroken at this turn of events and I deeply condole with families of the victims. https://t.co/7HjoxrgFWE
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 21, 2020
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