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#LekkiMassacre: Saraki Condemns Shooting of Protesters, Says Dialogue Is The Only Option

#LekkiMassacre: Saraki Condemns Shooting of Protesters, Says

The former Senate President of Nigeria, Olubukola Saraki, has condemned the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki on Tuesday evening.

Saraki described the soldiers’ shooting of peaceful protesters who were out to express their legitimate concerns as nothing but a massacre.

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Via his Twitter page, he appealed to the government to order the security agents that carried out the exercise to stop as the life of any Nigerian protesters does not deserve to be taken.

Saraki, however, opined that dialogue is the only option that can calm the current situation of things in the country.

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See his tweets:



“It is sad and disheartening that this is happening. These are peaceful youth protesting to express legitimate concerns. It is unacceptable for any Government to turn its weapons on its own young people. What has happened in Lekki tonight is nothing but a massacre.

“This shooting must stop immediately and the security agents that carried out this exercise should be ordered to stop. No life of any Nigerian youth taking part in a peaceful protest deserves to be taken.

"This is not the Nigeria that we hope to leave for the next generation. Our young people are the future of our country. This is not the Nigeria we have worked for, strove for, prayed for, and have sacrificed for.

 “Dialogue may take a longer time to work and it may appear frustrating. However, as a leading member in the comity of nations, the violent silencing of protesting youths cannot be an option for Nigeria.

“I appeal to the government to put an end to this shooting of protesters by security agents. We need to exercise great patience, restraint and compassion in handling the demands of these youth.

“Killing our defenceless youth is wrong — regardless of the circumstance. Killing our children our youth is also killing our future as a nation. We must take a quick walk back from this.

“We must do all that is necessary to protect and engage with the youth on all issues. Let the shooting stop and let fruitful dialogue commence. Mr. President, this is what needs to be done. I appeal to you to do the right thing.”

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