#YNaijaEndSARSupdates: What you need to know about the blame-game between the Nigerian Army and Governor Sanwo-Olu

In the aftermath of the #LekkiMassacre on the heels of the #EndSARS protest, no one has stepped forward to take responsibility for the murder of peaceful protesters. What we see today is a blame-game gradually playing out between the Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Nigerian Army (NA) who allegedly carried out the shootings as seen in video evidence circulating on social media.

First, it was Seyi Tinubu; the son of former governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who said Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the directive to switch off the bill-boards at the Lekki Toll-Gate moments before the unfortunate incident.

And now, the Nigerian Army has released a statement saying Governor Sanwo-Olu was the one who invited them to restore order at the Lekki Toll-Gate, where the massacre took place. But the governor, who had always maintained that he is not the Commander-in-Chief and therefore, does not have the power to give orders to the Nigerian Army, never mentioned this.

The question now is why is the Nigerian Army just breaking their silence one week after the horrific incident which has left many Nigerians traumatized? Why now? Is it due to pressure from the international media or because Governor Sanwo-Olu had revealed in an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson that the Nigerian Army carried out the shootings of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll-Gate? Or is this an attempt by the Nigerian Army to clear their name? No doubt, there are more questions than answers.

Some Nigerians have also opined that the governor might have unwittingly played into the hands of the Nigerian Army; stating that they probably want to make him a scapegoat in the narrative after he had exposed them in his interview with CNN.

We may not know the whole truth at this point, but one thing remains sure – the perpetrators of the heinous crime and the one(s) who gave the directive to open fire on peaceful protesters on that fateful night know themselves. Perhaps, our leaders need more pressure from the international media and community to speak the truth.

As the mystery behind the shootings gradually unfolds before our eyes, we can only hope that the perpetrators are fished out and brought to book soon.


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