A chieftain of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Shehu Sani, has blasted Nigerian politicians regarding western sanctions than the local laws.
He stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. His comment follows the visit of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja last week.
Sani said: “If you look at the mentality, thinking or psychology of Nigerian political class, they fear that (foreign sanctions) more than the laws of the land because they believe that as long as you belong to the circle of power, you can do anything and get away with it,” Sani said.
“We have had cases of people engaging in all sorts of violence during elections, as long as they are on the side of power, they go scout free.”
It would be recalled that Blinken had during his two-day official visit to Nigeria said the report by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for the Victims of #EndSARS protest was critical, and the United States was anticipating the actions which would be taken subsequently.
Sani said Blinken’s message is evident because the United States is obliged to intervene once a government uses security agencies to oppress its citizens.
He stressed that although there have been several killings in the country, the #EndSARS incident drew attention because protesters came out peacefully, raising the national flag.
Sani added, “What made this very distinct is the fact that ordinary citizens of this country came out, and there was the application of force to suppress that protest.
“There were a lot of controversies whether actually there was a massacre or not. But the report that came out from that panel clearly stated that massacre took place.”
Empire had reported that the Lagos Panel had last week submitted a report that the Nigerian Army shot and killed unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.