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

04:50  26 october  2020
04:50  26 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Nigeria: the demonstrators, still angry, demand the resignation of President Buhari

 Nigeria: the demonstrators, still angry, demand the resignation of President Buhari © REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja The SARS, an anti-crime brigade is still in the crosshairs of the demonstrators in Nigeria: this cake illustrates the brutality of the actions of the SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squads, October 17, 2020. Anger against police violence is still strong in Nigeria and despite the suppression of the anti-crime squad, the youth of the middle and upper classes in the main cities of the south of the country refuse to fall into line.

Nigeria ’s president, Muhammadu Buhari , has called for an end to nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, but failed to directly mention the fatal However, Buhari did not agree to widespread demands for an investigation of the killings. The army said reports its soldiers were at the scene and

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says 69 people have been killed in protests against police brutality that have rocked the country. We still don't know how many people were killed in Lagos at the Lekki toll gate, the epicentre of the protest that became a killing field.

À Lagos, chaîne pacifique de jeunes manifestants de un bâtiment officiel malgré le couvre-feu, le 20 octobre, en protestation contre les violences militaires. © REUTERS / Temilade Adelaja In Lagos, peaceful chain of young demonstrators from an official building despite the curfew on the 20th October, in protest against military violence.

The political power multiplies the gestures of appeasement and the press releases, 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 degradations 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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 Ighalo asks for help for Nigeria: In a video that has meanwhile been shared a hundred thousand times, ManUnited striker Odion Ighalo (31) asked for help for his home country Nigeria. © imago images Sending a message to the world: ManUnited striker Odion Ighalo. From a sporting point of view, Odion Ighalo played no role on Tuesday, just like on Saturday and the week before.

Nigeria ’s president, Muhammadu Buhari , delivers a speech at a rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Opponents say his government is failing to tackle corruption, while Amnesty International say the army has been responsible for human rights abuses.

UK police trained ‘brutal’ Nigerian security forces . Calls for sanctions on Nigeria are intensifying. In a national address on Thursday night, Mr Buhari did not mention the shootings, instead warning The protest persisted with demonstrators calling for more widespread reforms of the police and an

With our correspondent in Lagos, Liza Fabbian

According to his communicators, President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen not to "enter into a debate" until "all the facts have not been established" on the intervention of the army against the demonstrators gathered at the Lekki tollgate.

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For its part, the Nigerian army continues to totally 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 believed to have 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.

Denis Pelletier: "Faced with the attacks, the brotherhood of Catholics is a political project" .
© VALERY HACHE In front of the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption basilica, in Nice, Saturday. For the sociologist, a specialist in Catholicism, the bishops of France reacted remarkably to the attack on Nice by putting themselves "on the side of peace". Director of studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Denis Pelletier is a specialist in the history and sociology of Catholicism.

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