Nigeria: Buhari calls for peace but does not mention the intervention of the army

In Lagos, a peaceful chain of young demonstrators from an official building despite the curfew on October 20, in protest against military violence.

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The political power multiplies the gestures of appeasement and the communiques, after a chaotic week across the country - marked on Tuesday October 20 by the intervention of the army against a peaceful rally in Lagos, then by a wave of looting and degradation in many states.

In a statement released on Sunday evening, President Muhammadu Buhari called "a call for peace" and regretted that lives were lost in Nigeria.

But always avoiding to mention frontally the intervention of the army in Lagos, last week.


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With our correspondent in Lagos, 

Liza Fabbian

According to his communicators, President Muhammadu Buhari chose not to " 

enter into a debate

 " until " 

all the facts have not been established

 " on the intervention of the army against the demonstrators gathered on the Lekki toll.

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For its part, the Nigerian army continues to completely deny its involvement in this killing, going so far as to say that the images filmed by the demonstrators present on the spot were faked.

This Sunday, the governor of Lagos visited the scene of the tragedy accompanied by the President of the National Assembly and the governors of southwestern Nigeria, who came to see the damage caused by looting and acts of vandalism in the megalopolis .

The day before, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had received his predecessor, Bola Tinubu - face to face this time.

The former Governor of Lagos State and current head of the APC, Nigeria's ruling party, is arguably one of the richest and most powerful men in the country.

Bola Tinubu is also suspected of having played a role in the military intervention last week.


These allegations constitute a total and terrible lie

 " reacted the latter, who had remained completely silent since the beginning of the protest movement.


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