The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called for the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, and the Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Armstrong Aduku Idachaba, over Lekki shootings.
Their role, CNPP said was unpatriotic and attempt to cover up an extrajudicial killings of protesters.
According to The Nation, CNPP’s Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday while reacting to CNN’s investigative report said the development indicated that the Nigerian Army have a lot to explain in the Lekki shootings.
Ezugwu called on: “the International Criminal Court of Justice to investigate, arrest and prosecute them and other of their co-travelers for crimes against humanity to serve as deterrent to other African leaders who kill unarmed peaceful demonstrators, protesting bad policies of government.”
The umbrella association of all registered political parties and political associations in the country said: “Nigerian democracy is in danger as the voice of opposition is being silenced by the Federal Government of Nigeria, using all arms of government and instrumentalities of the office of the executive to shut the voices of oppressed citizens.
“It is now obvious that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration deliberately engaged the Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to intimidate, harass and stampede Nigerian broadcast media houses in a bid to cover up the Lekki Massacre by slamming unjustifiable N3 million fine on three television stations over reports on the killings.
“As if the killings by the Nigerian Police, through its Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit, were not enough, President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian armed forces authorised the use of maximum force to disperse unarmed citizens protesting against bad leadership and extrajudicial killings in the country.
“It is a shame that Nigerian government and Nigerian army have no respect for our national flag and Anthem.
“The outcome of CNN investigation now raises strong doubts on the loyalty or allegiance of the Nigerian security agencies to the Nigerian nation.