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EndSARS: Goodluck Jonathan Reacts To Lekki Shooting

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos. 

The Bayelsa State born leader condemned the barbaric killing, saying that nobody can defeat its people who are ready to protest against oppression and Ill- treatment. 

 He said the “use of deadly force” on armless and innocent #EndSARS protesters in Lagos State should not be tolerated in any guise. 

Recall that on Tuesday, soldiers opened fire on armless #EndSARS Protesters in Lekki Lagos, with twelve people reportedly killed. An act that has generated widespread condemnations. 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening addressed tgr nation, calling on the protesters to back down, adding that they should engage the government in dialogue. . 

President Buhari also received former leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo, Jonathan, Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar over the security logjam resulting from the #EndSARS protests. 

But while speaking on the killing, Jonathan said building a nation should involve the youths and not killing them, noting that the nation can not afford to lose its young ones. 

He said the task of building a nation must involve both the old and the young, adding that Nigeria “cannot afford to lose the lives of our youth who we look up to take over leadership and continue our nation’s journey to greatness”

According to Jonathan, nobody’s interest is worth the blood of any Nigerian citizen. 

“Nobody’s interest is worth the blood of any Nigerian citizen,” he went further calling on  security agencies to ensure maximum restraint is applied in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and property.

He also called on the youths to “give peace a chance especially now that different stakeholders have demonstrated the willingness to investigate the various allegations of excessive use of force on citizens and address the culture of impunity by security personnel”.

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