Nigeria’s former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday added his voice to the the condemnation that has been trailing the killing of #Endsars protesters by soldiers at Lekki tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.
Jonathan condemned the killings in a statement released on Friday.
Soldiers had opened fire at the protesters, who came out to protest despite the curfew imposed on the state by the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
There is yet to be an official number of those killed.
The ex-president called for peace, as according to him, that no country that can win against its people.
He noted that the use of deadly force against citizens only worsened the tensed situation.
He sympathised with the families of victims who lost their lives.
He said, “My deepest condolences to the families of young Nigerians who have lost their lives in the past few days as a result of End SARS protests.
“I pray that God grants them the fortitude they need at this difficult time.
“I would Like to let everyone know that nation-building is a collective task which involves the genuine efforts of all patriotic citizens whether old or young.”
The former president continued, “Our country 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.
‘’As leaders, we must also understand that a nation can never win a battle against its own people.
“Thus, I totally condemn the use of deadly force against citizens because this only worsens tense situations.
“We must therefore move away from battlegrounds to middle grounds in our individual and national life. This, I believe, show like cases the essence of democracy.
‘’I condemn any unnecessary loss of life and urge efforts to be stepped up to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur.
“Finally, we all must accept that we are all brothers and sisters of one Nigeria, and always act accordingly towards each other.”