Nigerian celebrities reject governor’s peace walk
Calls for a peace walk by Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu aimed at healing the city after the state government dismissed the Lekki report have been termed “disrespectful”.
The panel report that police intentionally shot protesters was dismissed by the Lagos government as “assumptions and speculations”.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said the city needed to heal, hence his proposal for a peace walk.
Nigerian entertainers Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz and Debo Adebayo also known as Mr Marcaroni rejected the governor’s invitation.
“This suggestion of a ‘walk for peace’ sounds like a joke and a very disrespectful one at that. People were murdered in cold blood and absolutely no iota of justice has been served more than a year after. How can there be peace without justice?” Falz wrote.
“I humbly decline the invitation of Mr Governor. The Government themselves set up a panel. The panel has made recommendations. I believe that genuine peacemaking will begin by first implementing the recommendations of the panel. Then we can begin to trust the government,” Mr Marcaroni tweeted.
One of the panel’s recommendations was that victims of police brutality during the EndSars protests be compensated, a matter the governor said was being implemented.