Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said the #EndSARS protest, and its fallout, including the shooting of the peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate by soldiers, has “complicated matters” for him.
In a statement yesterday titled “The #EndSARS protests: A fundamental lesson in democratic governance,” he said: “The present situation clearly does nothing to profit me politically or otherwise. It has complicated matters for me because many people now wrongfully blame me for a violent incident in which I played no part. Still, I stand strongly behind the people of Nigeria and affirm their right to protest peacefully.
“Along with all well-meaning, patriotic Nigerians, I want to see an end to all forms of institutionalised brutality and I shall do my utmost to see that this humane objective is realised.”
The national leader of the All Progressives congress, APC, denied having investment in the Lekki tollgate but that “I am, indeed, a promoter and financial investor in The Nation newspaper and TVC.”
He said he got prior information that facilities of both The Nation newspaper and TVC would be attacked by “certain malevolent elements” hiding under #EndSARS protests, yet he did not send soldiers or policemen there to prevent the attack, because he didn’t want anyone to die.
“There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the tollgate, where I have no financial interest, yet, choose to do nothing to protect my investments in The Nation and TVC,” Tinubu said.
He said the attacks on TVC and The Nation newspaper were carried out by the “hirelings” of his political enemies.