The African Action Congress (AAC) has called for the arrest and prosecution of the Chairman of Lagos State Parks and Garages Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo.
MC Oluomo had on Sunday during a solidarity rally in support of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, mocked Nigerian youths who participated in the #EndSARS protest.
Recall that on the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50 pm, operatives of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful# EndSARS protesters at the toll gate, killing an unconfirmed number of people and it became an incident that triggered outrage within, and outside the country.
Despite evidence of people being killed and injured at the Lekki incident, the army had maintained that blank bullets were used to disperse the protesters.
However, speaking during the rally, in what may be regarded as an insensitive statement, MC Oluomo asked, “where are the bodies?”, “where are their relatives?”, “where were they buried?”.
Reacting to this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Femi Adeyeye, AAC lambasted Oluomo, saying he was only reusing the unfortunate statement of the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.
The AAC statement read, “The African Action Congress (AAC) seizes this medium to respond to the very unfortunate statement uttered by one Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, a supporter of Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC Presidential candidate, during his sponsored Lagos rally that held yesterday, 9th October 2022.
“It is rather unfortunate that while our comrades and other reputable Nigerians are struggling to seek justice for #EndSARS victims, both dead and alive, and as the 2nd #EndSARS memorial draws closer, the transport boss would seize this time, just in the bid to whitewash the deeds of his bosses, open old wounds, both in the hearts of Nigerian youths and the direct victims; those who lost their loved ones, and livelihood during the Lekki Massacre of 20th October 2020.
“It beats one to hear such vitriolic anecdotes being told by a high-ranking supporter of the APC Presidential candidate after the whole questions surrounding the massacre have been settled over a year ago by a panel set up by the Lagos State Government itself.
Recall that the panel found the Nigerian state and its apparati culpable of different crimes in its report. But till today, the said, “white paper” of the government has not brought justice to the victims and no culprits including known military and police officers have been arrested or prosecuted for committing such heinous crimes against the people of Nigeria.
“We are not ignorant of the fact that the embattled Transport Union leader was only rehashing the unfortunate statement of the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who in his megalomaniac self-asked Nigerians in the morning after the massacre, “where are the bodies?”. Same of Shame.
“Our party demands forthwith that the statement be withdrawn with an apology to all Nigerian youths. After that is done immediately, Musiliu Akinsanya must be arrested and questioned over his knowledge of the Lekki Massacre, which he claimed was a “political game”.
“It is now important more than before, that the report be re-published by the Lagos state government for everyone including Musiliu Akinsanya to read for themselves the answers to those asinine questions.
“We also demand immediate truth and reconciliation process for all victims of EndSARS and that those languishing in detention centers across the country be released before the commencement of the activities of the 2nd Memorial.
“Conclusively, we maintain that electioneering must be devoid of ethnic and religious diatribes that are capable of setting the country on fire. Candidates and their supporters must desist from using tribe and religion to divide the people of Nigeria. The hunger, poverty, and deprivation in the land do not recognize these primordial sentiments and those are the issues we are focused on tackling as a party as we continue to mobilize Nigerians towards total liberation.”Follow us on social media