The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the way the Nigeria Police Force handled the EndSARS Memorial at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos on Thursday.
Youths gathered at the toll gate to stage a procession in honour of those believed to have been killed by security operatives at the location in October 20, 2020.
They were, however, dispersed with tear gas by police operatives who stormed the location.
Reacting, Atiku wrote, “Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the #ENDSARS incident at Lekki Toll Gate. There are arguments for and against the need for AA to say something or not. Let’s settle the issue with this draft.
“20.10.20 — 2 years ago, on this day, I shared a statement of sincere disappointment, anger, condemnation and pain._
“Why was I disappointed? Because the children of Nigeria were being ignored. The youth of Lagos state, and nationwide, had mobilised and organised to make clear their discrepancies of police brutality that no citizen on this earth should ever endure—only to be shunned by an administration that paid no attention to their cry of what is a basic human right._
“Why was I angry? Because the bravery of our young Nigerians was not met with understanding, dialogue, resolve or solutions. Instead, they were faced with appalling violence and intimidation._
“Who was I condemning? A failed system of government security that is supposed to protect and serve all citizens of Nigeria._
“I called upon our private and public hospitals to immediately provide all necessary treatment for the injured and the maimed._
“Our children were violated in the most unforgivable manner, and all because they rightfully stood for what they absolutely deserved._
“Why was I in pain? Because I saw no justice. Two years later, there remains NO JUSTICE. The ENDSARS movement was one of peace, righteousness and hope. Every demand made by the leaders of our future was fair, necessary and deserved._
“Our future MUST be heard. My heart was shattered for the grieving families who lost their loved ones in a completely unwarranted attack._
“No matter what, justice MUST be served. Indeed, we, as one Nigeria, will never forget.”