Tinubu says he did not order soldiers to repel protesters at Lekki tollgate
- Bola Tinubu has faulted claims that he called on soldiers to shoot at protesters at the Lekki toll gate
- The politician said he is opposed to the use of strong force against peaceful demonstrators
- Tinubu blamed his political opponents for the attacks on some of his investments
Bola Tinubu, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said there is no truth in the claims that he ordered soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the Lekki tollgate.
The politician in a statement through Twitter on Sunday, October 25, said the claim that he called on soldiers to shoot at the protesters were outright lies.
He stated that he does not support the use of strong force against any peaceful protesters.
Tinubu said he was accused of having a part in the incident at the tollgate because people were outraged and sought to hold someone accountable.
The former Lagos governor said people don’t like him because they have believed the false rumours uttered about him over the years.
He confirmed that he is a promoter and financial investor in The Nation newspaper and Television Continental (TVC), both of which he alleged were attacked by people hired by his political opponents.
“There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the toll gate where I have no financial interest, yet, choose to do nothing to protect my investments in The Nation and TVC.”
The APC leader also urged the state government to donate revenue from the tollgate to the victims of the Lekki attack as well as to other identifiable victims of police brutality in Lagos.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, October 25, broke his silence on the Lekki shootings which claimed the lives of some EndSARS protesters on Tuesday, October 20.
In a statement by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, the president said that he kept quiet about the sad development because he was waiting for all the facts to be established.
He said called on Nigerians to uphold peace, the president vowed that all victims of the development will get justice.