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Buhari’s Aide Finally Breaks Silence Over #ENDSARS, Lekki Shooting

One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Tolu Ogunlesi has finally spoken on the nationwide #ENDSARS protests and the Lekki Toll Gate killing.

Ogunlesi is the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Digital and New Media.

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The 38year-old Ogunlesi supported the peaceful demonstrations by youths across the country stating that there is no justification to shoot at peaceful protesters.

Ogunlesi made these comments when he took to his Medium account as monitored by BREEZEREPORTERS’ CORRESPONDENT on Wednesday.

He stated that Nigerians have Rights to peaceful assembly as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria supports peaceful demonstrations.

Ogunlesi said : “There is NO justification whatsoever for shooting at peaceful protesters. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as a number of International human rights protocols Nigeria is signed up to, guarantee the right to peaceful assembly.”

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He further stated that “Shooting at peaceful protesters is condemnable.”

While speaking on the shooting that happened on the night of October 20, 2020, at Lekki Toll Gate, Ogunlesi said he is hopeful that credible evidence is brought forward while applauding the panel of inquiry by Lagos State Government.

“Regarding the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki Toll Gate, I very much welcome the inquiry (which starts this week) by the Lagos State Government.”

“I hope that as many witnesses and concerned persons as possible are invited to testify, and that every available credible piece of evidence, including CCTV footage, is brought forward.”

“May the souls of all the innocent dead across Nigeria — civilians and security personnel — rest in peace…,” Ogunlesi wrote.

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Ogunlesi who was appointed to the role of Special Assistant on Digital and New Media by President Buhari on 18 February 2016, has been under pressure following comments from Nigerians who accused him writing speeches for the President.

In a similar development, the rumour of Ogunlesi resignation has filled the social media this afternoon, an action which he is yet to react to as at the time of filling this report.

 

Adesola Ikulajolu

Adesola is a Multiple Award-Winning Freelance Journalist.
Follow him @oloyenaija1

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