Atiku: My Position About EndSARS Hasn't Changed, I Stand With Families Who Lost Loved Ones

Atiku: My Position About EndSARS Hasn't Changed, I Stand With Families Who Lost Loved Ones

  • October 20, 2020 will continue to remain a dark day in the history of Nigeria given the events that happened
  • Armed soldiers opened fire on young Nigerian protesters at the Lekki toll gate in the country's commercial capital, Lagos
  • Former Nigerian vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who condemned the incident, says his views remains the same

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FCT, Abuja - The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has said his position about the #EndSARS incident where many young Nigerians lost their lives has not changed after two years.

In a statement he personally signed on Thursday, October 20, Atiku said the sad memory of what happened during the #EndSARS protest cannot be wished away so quickly.

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Atiku says his position about the EndSARS campaign hasn't changed. Photo credit: Atiku Kawai Group
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The former vice president said his heart remains shattered for the families that lost their lives in the protest.

His words:

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“Two years ago, on this day, I shared a statement of sincere disappointment, anger, condemnation and pain. Two years after, that position has not changed.
“The sad memory of what happened is what we cannot wish away. There's still a compelling need for Police reforms incorporating State Police and justice for those who have suffered police brutality.”

Referring to the video he shared during the EndSARS, Atiku said:

“I maintain the position expressed in this video broadcast on 20/10/20. Our children MUST be heard and provided with spaces to express themselves within the ambit of the law and given opportunities too.
“My heart is still shattered for the families who lost loved ones during the #EndSars demonstration. I stand with all families still grieving from their loss.”

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Recall that Atiku recently said that the credential of national inclusivity, not ethnicity should be an ideal that the northern part of the county should examine in electing a new president for the country in the 2023 elections.

The former vice president of Nigeria made the remarks when he featured as a guest of the Arewa Joint Committee interactive sessions with various presidential candidates of political parties on Saturday, October 15 in Kaduna.

He noted that with a political career that spans more than three decades, he stands shoulder high as a northerner who has built bridges of unity across the country.

#EndSARS: Lekki toll plaza should be renamed and free - Actor Alex Ekubo

Meanwhile, Nollywood actor Alex Ekubo has taken to social media just like many to relive the events of October 20, 2020.

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On his Instagram page, Ekubo affirmed that Nigerians will never forget the day and called the government to action.

He also stated that the Lekki toll plaza where the incident occurred should be renamed.


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