Co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls BBOG) Movement, Aisha Yesufu has blasted the Lagos State Government for its decision to re-open the Lekki Tollgate and resume tolling when victims of the 2020 massacre at the Toll Gate were yet to get justice.
Yesufu who featured on the online interview programme, 90MinutesAfrica, hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo and Chido Onumah described the decision as a sign that the Nigerian government has no regards for human lives.
The activist regretted that while the families of the victims of the massacre were abandoned, Government was already planning to resume business at the same venue where lives of innocent citizens were wasted by security agents paid to secure lives.
According to the activist, “one of the things that should really make us sit-down and think about our lives whether we are citizens or slaves is the fact that less than eleven months to a general election, the government is coming out to reopen a tollgate where people were killed by soldiers sent by the same government.
“They are reopening this tollgate that has such a painful memory when justice has not been fully given to the victims. The message they are passing is that they have zero regard for the lives of Nigerian citizens,” the gender and rights activist stated.”
Yesufu urged Nigerians of voting age to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, and vote against wicked politicians in 2023.
“What we should be doing now is to ensure that we are using the power that we have, which is our capacity to vote.
“The only thing we have as citizens is our votes and we must ensure that we use it because if they know that we are going to vote them out if they open the tollgate they wouldn’t dare us this way,” she noted.
Many Nigerian youths protesting police brutality during the #EndSARS uprising were on October 20, 2020, allegedly killed at the Lekki Tollgate while scores of others were wounded by security agents.
Despite denials by the Nigeria Government and the security agencies, the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government later indicted security agents especially the Army in its Report.