Nigeria: End SARS protesters reject Lagos governor’s ‘peace walk’ reconciliation gesture


The Lagos-appointed panel concluded the capturing of peaceable protesters on the toll gate by the navy might be described as a bloodbath. However the report was fiercely discredited by the nation’s federal authorities with Info Minister Lai Mohammed describing it as “nothing however the triumph of faux information.”

Talking at a press convention in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu referred to as for “a stroll for peace” subsequent month for reconciliation.

“In December, I might be main a stroll for peace to herald the therapeutic of our land,” he mentioned. “Let me use this event to increase an open invitation to our youths, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society teams, college students, and the media in addition to different stakeholders to hitch me.”

Nigerian entertainers Folarin Falana (Falz) and Debo Adebayo (Mr. Marcaroni), who had been amongst celebrities invited to the peace stroll have rejected the governor’s invitation.

Falana posted a tweet Tuesday night describing the proposed peace stroll as “disrespectful” and “a joke.”

“This suggestion of a ‘stroll for peace’ seems like a joke and a really disrespectful one at that. Folks had been murdered in chilly blood and completely no iota of justice has been served greater than a yr after. How can there be peace with out justice?” the tweet learn.

Adebayo argued that reconciliation efforts ought to start with the implementation of the judicial panel’s report.

“I humbly decline the invitation of Mr Governor. The Authorities themselves arrange a panel. The panel has made suggestions. I imagine that real peacemaking will start by first implementing the suggestions of the panel. Then we will start to belief the federal government,” he wrote in a tweet.
Nigerian judicial panel condemns 2020 Lekki toll gate shooting as 'a massacre'

The Lagos governor didn’t immediately touch upon the federal minister’s denouncement of the report however remarked that “it’s far too straightforward to take sides and select emotion over truth, even when the reality is to be present in shades of nuance… At this time, I stand earlier than you to declare that I reject this path; and I invite you all to do similar.”

He added that his administration’s response might be guided by regulation and proof.

“As I’ve acknowledged earlier, we’ve no intention to have interaction in histrionics or additional inflame ardour on a matter that has generated intense curiosity and controversy nationally and internationally. Our selections and actions might be primarily based totally on the regulation, the load of proof, and unblemished respect for the reality.”

The Nigerian authorities has persistently denied that protesters had been shot on the toll gate regardless of an abundance of video proof and witness accounts pieced collectively by CNN.

Members of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution on the Lagos Courtroom of Arbitration instructed CNN that the panel’s findings which contradicted official accounts of the incident had been primarily based on objectivity and information.

Nigerian government rejects report on Lekki toll gate shooting as 'fake news'

A member of the panel, Majekodunmi Temitope Oluwaseun, instructed CNN that the rejection of the panel’s report by the federal authorities was solely an try “to evade accountability and justice.”

“The federal authorities is in search of any means doable to evade accountability and justice,” Oluwaseun mentioned. “The minister’s statements actually recommend that the federal government was not, within the first place, ready for the panel’s report. It solely speaks to their degree of insincerity.”

Oluwaseun urged authorities to “take accountability” to “be sure that folks’s emotions are assuaged.”

The panel had, amongst different issues, really useful that victims of the toll gate capturing and others who’re confirmed to have suffered human rights abuses needs to be compensated.

Governor Sanwo-Olu acknowledged in his speech that greater than 1 million {dollars} (420 million naira) have been paid to victims of police brutality consistent with the panel’s suggestions.