President Muhammadu Buhari who has come under a lot of slack for his perceived unwillingness to react to the recent pandemonium in the country, has given reasons why he was slow to speak on the incident.
Nigerians, home and abroad, had been protesting against police brutality, bad governance amongst other things, until last week Tuesday, when the protests turned bloody, as some military men allegedly shot at and killed some protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.
As has been reported, the men in uniform quickly removed the dead bodies from the scene.
However, when Buhari finally delivered his nationwide address, he completely failed to mention the Lekki Toll Gate shootings, a move that irked most people and drew criticism from many.
But in a statement released by the President through his senior aide, Garba Shehu, he held back from speaking because information on the Lekki Tollgate incident was sketchy.
His words: “The President, who said he had all along avoided going into a debate about the Lekki Toll Gate incidents until all the facts are established, appealed to the people all over the country to maintain peace and brotherhood as the machinery of the government and the wheel of justice turn against the perpetrators of murder, arson, stealing, rape, assault and malicious damage to public and private property.”