– President Buhari has revealed the number of those who died during EndSARS protest
– According to him, 69 people were killed
– Meanwhile, it is not clear if the number includes those killed in Lekki
The number of people who have lost their lives in the ongoing EndSARS protest in Nigeria is 69, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed.
According to the president, the deaths were mainly civilians but include police officers and soldiers.
He disclosed this when he met with Nigerian leaders aimed at finding ways to end the unrest, BBC reports.
Buhari was reported to have said that 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers were killed in the protest.
Meanwhile, it is not clear these figures included the protesters allegedly killed by security forces in Lekki, Lagos.
In a related development, Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, expressed sadness over the killing of some #EndSARS protesting youths at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos state on Tuesday, October 20.
In a thread of tweets posted on his verified Twitter handle, @ProfOsinbajo, on Wednesday night, October 21, the vice president also registered his condolence over the deaths of some policemen and other Nigerians in different parts of Lagos and other states.
Noting that he has spoken to some survivors in the hospital, Professor Osinbajo admitted that some losses so far recorded can not be replaced.
In a related development, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, has declared Friday, October 23, as a day of special prayer for the nation.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations.
The monarch requested all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.
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