‘I am yet to speak to Buhari since Lekki shooting’ – Sanwo-Olu
NEWSMAN, Lagos – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said efforts to reach the President, Muhammadu Buhari, after the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate, were abortive.
Sanwo-Olu who disclosed this during an interview on Arise Television, said he was yet to speak directly with the President, adding that he made attempts twice to reach Buhari yesterday (Wednesday)
He said the Chief of Defense staff called him on behalf of the President to acknowledge that the President received his message, but however did not disclose details of the phone call.
“I made phone calls to the President, the first time, the President was not in the office, adding that the second time, he was said to be at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), meeting. So, indeed, I have not spoken to him directly. I actually did call to speak with him. But like I said, he was at the FEC meeting and probably had his briefings, he said.
“He was the one that asked the Chief of Defense Staff to call me and I think it was when he got my message. He (CDS) said to me, that it was the President that asked him to call. I don’t have a report to say. We haven’t spoken,” he added.
Lagos state has been in turmoil after the #EndSARS protest turned violent with several lives lost in different parts of the state. The situation which came to a climax on Tuesday night, reportedly had soldiers shooting at, and killing protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
While there have been controversies on the number of casualties, Sanwo-Olu denied ordering the soldiers to the protest ground.