#ENDSARS: Killing protesters only worsen the situation and make dialogue impossible—OBJ

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Nigeria’s former President  Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the use of brute force to quell protests at the Lekki tollgate perpetrated by the Nigerian military on Tuesday, October 20, an incident which led to the loss of lives with several protesters injured.

Obasanjo said that it was obvious that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his lieutenants didn’t exhaust all avenues before deploying soldiers.

The former leader said this in a statement titled:  ‘Statement on Violence Against Protesters In Nigeria: An Appeal for Calm’.

The former President called on Buhari to “restrain the military and other security agencies from using brute force as a way of ending the crisis.”

He pointed out that history had shown that killing protesters only worsens the crisis and makes dialogue impossible.

Obasanjo said the situation becomes even worse that despite overwhelming evidence, the authorities were still denying ever killing protesters.

He, therefore, called on President  Buhari to take the necessary step to ensure that things don’t spiral out of control.

“It is worse that there is a denial of wrongdoing in spite of overwhelming visual evidence. Great harm has been done but it can be stopped before it completely spirals out of control.

“We are at a critical moment in this crisis and the President must act now before it is too late. This time demands leadership and mature leadership at such.” He noted.