*Demands arrest, trial of killer-soldiers
By Dapo Akinrefon
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping mute over the Lekki toll gate killings and failing to visit the scene or commiserate with those who lost dear ones.
Afenifere, in a statement by its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti described the President’s silence as pathetic, however, demanded the arrest and trial of all trigger-happy security personnel involved in the killings.
The statement reads: “Afenifere is in deep mourning over the Tuesday mindless massacre of peaceful innocent Protesters in Lekki by bloodsucking Nigerian soldiers.
“The space where Muslims prayed on Friday and Christians on Sunday was turned to a bloody ground when the Nigerian state showed itsbeastiality.
“We mourn all the dead and commiserate with their families.
“We once again identify with the young ones in their just demands for a better society.
“Mr Babajide Sanwo-0lu, the Governor of Lagos has denied inviting soilders to Lagos, we need to know who deployed those killers through an international inquiry.
“It is also pathetic that the President has kept mute over the killings and has not deemed it necessary to visit the scene or commiserate with those who lost dear ones.
“We have also noticed the massive destruction of property in the city after the killings which security forces who were eager to kill innocent people have not been able to stop.
We appeal for calm and a halit to destruction.
“We are not unawares of attempt to cause ethnic divisions over what is going on. We should be careful not to play unto the hands of those who have exploited our peoples through divide and rule over the years.
“The unity of the oppressed is key at the moment and our peoples are enjoined to avoid any action that could be misinterpreted as solidarity is required at this moment.
“We demand the arrest and trial of all trigger-happy men who have caused sorrow, tears and blood.
“We cannot end this without once again calling for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria to avoid imminent collapse.
“We call on the Governor of Lagos to show better humanity than the Federal Government by apologizing over the killings to partly assuage feelings and show value for human lives.
“Afenifere shall be at the forefront of seeking justice and will not relent in making all sacrifices to make Nigeria a proper federal state that can guarrattee happiness for its people.”