Almost 48 hours after Nigeria was under fire and the infamous Lekki Toll Gate shooting at unarmed peaceful protesters Tuesday night, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will now address the nation at 7pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
Presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement Thursday evening, stating that the President have now been briefed by security chiefs on the current situation of widespread unrest and violence in Lagos, Oyo, Ondo and others, where state and private assets including bus terminals, mass transport buses, banks, courts and shopping malls have been looted, and in some cases burnt down.
The President’s national address, which is coming after several calls from civil society groups, journalists and the Senate, is expected to be broadcast on television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast.
It’s expected that Buhari’s national broadcast should be able to douse the tension in the country as a result of #EndSARS violence among other security challenges, and give fresh hopes for greater Nigeria.
The presidency spokesman also stated that President Buhari earlier on Thursday presided over National Security Council Meeting at the State House.
Those present at the security meeting include the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammad Adamu; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral IE Ibas; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal SB Abubakar; Chief of Defence Staff, General AG Olanisakin and National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno (Rtd).
By Tobiloba Kolawole