People who don’t learn from yesterday, endanger tomorrow


By Owei Lakemfa

THE Buhari government shot itself in the foot by its ill-advised, speculative and presumptuous press conference on October 20, 2021 marking one year of the EndSARS protests against police brutality. 

The protests in which the government confirmed a number of people including six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed, some injured and property destroyed, could not surely have been an happy event. Yet the government choose to handle what should be a solemn affair in a cavalier manner.

The government’s address to the nation was full of taunts. For instance, in response to claims that people were killed at the Lekki Tollgate on October 20, 2020, it retorted: “Where are the families of those who were reportedly killed at the toll gate? Did they show up at the Judicial Panel of Inquiry?”


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