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Minister Explains Why Buhari Hasn't Addressed Lekki Shooting

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare, says that President Muhammadu Buhari has not addressed the Lekki shooting because he needs all the facts.

Nigerians faulted the president's dismissal of the Lekki shooting during his public broadcast on Thursday.

Protesters, on Tuesday, were shot at by officers of the Nigerian Army, leading to the deaths and injuries of many protesters, incensing Nigerians.

Dare said that before anything can be said on the matter, it is important that all the facts of the matter are right.

He added that hiding the facts of the matter would be difficult, as "we live in a multimedia world".

He said, “For sure, the president has ordered an investigation. He had a national security meeting yesterday. I can tell you that this is already ongoing because the president wants to have all the facts which will absolutely be made public.

“It is important to get all the facts right before we go forward, in this case. It’s going to be difficult to hide these facts because we live in a multimedia world and we have pieces of evidence and corroboration and I think it is important to get the facts right.

“I think that’s the part the president has towed and I am sure that when the facts are made available, this president – because he has integrity – will level with the Nigerian people about what happened on Tuesday in Lekki.

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“Previously, we just had lip service that SARS scrapped. For the first time, you have a presidential pronouncement that SARS has been dissolved followed by the inspector-general and then we saw quick steps thereafter.

“And I think when you look at what has happened in the past and the level of responsiveness and concrete steps, the whole five demands of the youth were wholeheartedly accepted by the president and he set up a process.”

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