President Buhari does not need to address the nation, says Garus Gololo

President Buhari does not need to address the nation, says Garus Gololo

- President Muhammadu Buhari has been hailed for the way he has so far handled the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests

- A chieftain of the APC, Dr Garus Gololo says the president's actions so far are in order

- Gololo also berated those compelling the president to address Nigerians on the issue

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Dr Garus Gololo, a national chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has said those who want President Muhammad Buhari to address the nation over the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos, are hypocrites.

A team of soldiers opened fire on the protesters recently sparking outrage across the country.

Interestingly, the Nigerian Army said it didn't deploy soldiers to the area, prompting public inquiry on who deployed the military men.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, have called out President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to break his silence and address the nation.

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Lekki shooting: President Buhari does not need to address the nation, says APC Chieftain
Gololo said the actions taken so far by President Buhari on the crisis are in order. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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But Gololo, at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, October 22 stated that the president had already addressed the aspiration of the protesting youth.

He said the best way to address a situation was to take action on a particular demand, which the president had done.

“Anybody who is waiting for the president's address on #EndSARS will wait for too long. The president has already addressed the situation, whatever happened next was purely political.’’

He took a swipe on both Obasanjo and Atiku, saying both of them superintended the killings of helpless youths, women and elders in Odi, Bayelsa state in 1999 and wanton destructions of Zaki Biam in Benue state in 2001.

He continued:

“People should not heat up the polity through social media. They claim many people died in the Lekki toll gate attack, where are the dead bodies nobody is asking? Those who were wounded were shown at the hospitals.

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“Let us not make this thing a north vs south or Christians vs Muslims issue. Now, yesterday, they attacked and destroyed properties and businesses belonging to northerners in Aba, Abia state, for no reason. What if the Igbos in the north are attacked as a reprisal.’’

He advised the Nigerian youth, especially, the northerners to remain calm and law-abiding, adding that, it is only when the country is peaceful that they would enjoy the dividends of democracy they all laboured for.

Gololo had earlier condemned the call by Governor Samuel Ortom asking #EndSARS protesters to continue their nationwide procession.

Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, October 20, Gololo said, as the governor of a state that is terribly underdeveloped, what Ortom should concentrate on is the transformation of Benue.

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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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