Investigation into Lekki Toll Gate shooting hindering Buhari from speaking – Youth Minister

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Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare says President Muhammadu Buhari will speak on the shooting at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos after an investigation he ordered into the incident is concluded.

Many Nigerians were furious when dozens were injured and an uncertain number died as soldiers opened fire on peaceful EndSARS protesters on Tuesday evening.

They charged the president to address the nation.

However, most of those pushing for a presidential address were disappointed on Thursday when Buhari had a national broadcast but failed to talk about the shooting at Lekki.

Asked on an Arise TV programme why Buhari did not speak on the shooting, Dare said the president did not want to pre-empt the team charged with the investigation.

The minister disclosed that the facts of the shooting incident would be made public after the investigation.

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“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.

“Previously, we just had lip service that SARS was 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.

“We have been able to break it down into the now— things that need to be done from the five demands — the short term and the long term that needs to be done,” Dare said.

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