Lekki shootings: Oduduwa descendants absolve army of blame

Lekki shootings: Oduduwa descendants absolve army of blame

- A group, Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants has commended soldiers of the Nigerian army over their conduct during the #EndSARS protest

- The group said the soldiers intervention during the protest was timely in curbing violent activities brewing at the time

- According to the group, the protest against police brutality in Nigeria was hijacked by individuals with vested interest

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The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) on Monday, November 2, absolved soldiers of the Nigerian army of any unprofessionalism at Lekki toll gate or any part of the country during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria. 

The group said the soldiers of the Nigerian army worked in the best interest of the nation all through the duration of the protest in various parts of the country.

A statement signed by Kolawole Emmanuel, the secretary-general of the COD said, the intervention of the Nigerian army was timely in quelling the imminent collapse of the country.

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Emmanuel said that the army succeeded in saving the country from disintegrating into a state of anarchy.   

He said the COD remains committed to the preservation of democracy in Nigeria and as such urged all well-meaning citizen and friends of the country to do likewise. 

Lekki shootings: Oduduwa descendants absolve army of blame
Hoodlums who hijacked the protests were accused of planning to drag the nation into a state of anarchy. Photo credit: Premium Times
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The group in the statement also warned that criticizing the Nigerian army is not the best approach that should be employed due to the exigencies of time. 

According to Emmanuel, the support of the group for the Nigerian army remains undoubted, as members of the COD wish to encourage officers and soldiers of the military to remain steadfast in their support for the preservation of democracy in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari while addressing Nigerians on the state of the nation suspended the #EndSARS protest across the country.

The president said the suspension of the protest follows the outcome of activities of the #EndSARS campaign which had turned violent.

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President Buhari said the #EndSARS protest had already been hijacked by some miscreants across the country.

In other news, a Nigerian surgeon, Dr. Val, who played a major role in saving the lives of victims of Lekki shooting is dead.

The doctor was said to have died from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Lagos state.

Recall that the Nigerian government had warned against a possible second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government said the possibility of a second outbreak of the disease could be associated with the massive #EndSARS protest which was used to campaign against police brutality across Nigeria.

While calling for an end to the protests and the gathering of people, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation said the risk of a second wave of the virus is very high.

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Mustapha said that the situation of the pandemic globally has continued to rise with a cumulative number of infections crossing the 43 million mark.

Further warning that Nigeria has maintained the 5th position in highest cumulative cases after South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia, Mustapha said Africa is pegged at a cumulative total case count of 1,727,887 including 41,323 deaths.

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