The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has expressed disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari over his refusal to address the killing of innocent and unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate in his address to the nation.
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement, claimed the President did not show empathy for those killed by unscrupulous security operatives during the protest.
The lawmakers urged the President to immediately set up an independent inquiry into the killings with a view to prosecuting and bringing the perpetrators to book.
Reiterating its call on Buhari to urgently rejig the nation’s security architecture, the caucus enjoined him to take urgent steps to accelerate action on his economic reforms, so as to provide ample opportunities for youths to gainfully participate in productive sectors of the economy.
“Indeed, the expectation across the country was for Mr. President to reassure Nigerians, especially the youths by forcefully condemning the killing and brutalisation of our young ones, announcing an accelerated independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome acts and setting a clear pathway for the much-needed overhaul of our security system.
“The much desired national healing, peace, unity and stability of our nation anchor on such show of concern and commitment by leaders.
“This is in addition to an inquiry into videos and reports that unscrupulous security operatives mobilised thugs to attack peaceful protesters and unleash violence on innocent Nigerians.
“Those behind such shameful acts that escalated sectional hostilities and pitched citizens against one another should be brought to book,” the statement read.