The Lagos State Government has released its White Paper on the report submitted to it by the #EndSARS judicial panel of inquiry that probed the Lekki toll gate incident of October 20, 2020. The Governor of Lagos State promised earlier to release the white paper, a statement he made during a press conference.
We have seen how we have been lingering over a case that concerns the lives, security and well being of Nigerians, an incident as sensitive as the Endsars massacre. Our leaders keep going back and forth and assuming we are all daft about this.
Governor Sanwo-Olu has dismissed the panel’s report that nine persons were killed at the toll gate when soldiers and the police shot at peaceful protesters, He tagged the report brought by the panel as “assumptions and speculations”.
He further stated that “It is with a great sense of responsibility that I address you today on the reactions that have trailed the release of the Lagos EndSARS panel report submitted to me about two weeks ago and now it has played out in public discourse since then.
“We owe it to you, the people of Lagos to constantly speak and engage with you in easy times, we’ll never shy away from making our case while also ensuring that we listen to you”.
“We as an administration are determined that the next steps that we’ll be taking in this process of coming to terms with the event of October 2020 must bring closure to a painful episode in the history of our state, with the release of the white paper later today.
“This in my view is a moment that beckons to us to define who and what we are, to be a centre of excellence, we must be a centre of truth, to be a prosperous city, we must establish ourselves as a peaceful entity and to achieve the greater Lagos of our dreams, we must learn to live in harmony”.
Nigerians are indeed agitated and angry, especially those who witnessed the massacre and this has led to to backlashes between so the governor and some citizens as he urged Nigerians to come out for a peace walk, the government can’t request for a peaceful walk knowing that there is no peace, peace can we seen or gotten when our leaders start owning up to their mistakes.
If the Lagos state government wants peace they should act right and follow the recommendations prescribed by the panel. The responses and responses from the Lagos state government since the massacre has just been contradictory, it makes believing the administration difficult.