Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity has denied claims that President Muhammadu Buhari left out critical issues in his broadcast to the nation on Thursday evening on the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests.
Adesina, who was a guest on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ which was monitored by Daily Independent also described as untrue reports that the President left out the Lekki killings in his broadcast.
In his less-than 15-minute broadcast, the President assured the protesters that their voices have been heard ‘loud and clear’ and urged them to discontinue their demonstrations, saying ‘we are responding’.
Buhari, however, kept mum on the shootings by soldiers in the Lekki Toll Gate area of Lagos State and other parts of the country, an issue many had expected him to address.
He spoke on everything else from the dissolution of the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit at the centre of the protests, to some steps being taken to meet the five-point demands of protesters, police reforms, the involvement of the international community and poverty alleviation initiatives targetted at the youth and other vulnerable groups in society.
Many Nigerians have been enraged by the President’s speech and have taken to social media to express their despair and disappointment over his handling of the situation.
Some pointed out that he didn’t address the Lekki shooting and the lives lost.
When asked by the presenter why the President failed to speak on the Lekki incident, Adesina said the President addressed the international community on Lekki in his broadcast.
“No single speech will take care of everything. In that speech, the President spoke to the international community, thanked those who had sought understanding before they made comments”.
“In other words, he was also telling those who are hasty in their judgments to seek more information. He didn’t miss out anything”.
“Lekki was not omitted. That message to the International community was on Lekki” .