Who is telling Nigerians the truth?

Where can we turn to for reliable information? Many Nigerians are confused at the moment with different information flying around the media, even the terrestrial media are supplying information they later contradict with other information.

Photo - ( Protesters in Nigeria )

There are many questions that are yet to get answers going by the present situation in the country. Although, many have claimed that the footages online especially the social media are enough to make a reasonable conclusions but, with the back and forth movement of even recognized and regularized media one is tempted to think perhaps no information is really these days.

Regarding, the pressing issues which revolved around the #Endsars movement that obviously has been on for over fourteen (14) days now. The protests started with the call to #End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and an ultimate end to police brutality in the nation which seems to have been a hydra-headed monster for so long.

The doubts in the minds of many Nigerians started when the Nigerian Army publicly disproved the Lekki video shooting where everyone could see the military shooting at unarmed protesters and tagged the video as ‘FAKE’, according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai who said the videos after been analysed by professionals and specialists can be best described as ‘Photo shopped’ this made many Nigerians ask if what they saw is actually what the army chief claimed was analysed.

Photo - ( Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai )

The second shock came when the governor of Lagos, His Excellency, Gov. Babajide Sanwolu who initially said he visited the hospitals where the victims of the Lekki attack where being treated and noted that there were forces beyond the direct control of the state or him as the case maybe, his direct statement; “…the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history, but we will face it and come out stronger...." and later the same day, he publicly denied there were any casualty during the Lekki shooting incident.

The third shock came when the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech delivered 7pm 22nd October, 2020 did not include any form of acknowledgement, condolence message to the families of the deceased, neither did the president condemn the act of the Nigerian Army in any part of the speech.

What does that say to most Nigerians who have been religiously waiting on Mr. President to speak to the nation for so long a long time and after he spoke, he did not even address the pressing issues which many had thought would characterize his speech.

Does that mean the event never happened? Does that mean the social media only inflated the scenarios? Does it mean the Instagram live videos which were broadcast live at the moment of happening were false? These and many more questions are yet to get reasonable answers.

The citizens have since yesterday registered their displeasures regarding the 12 minutes speech delivered by the president. Many through their social media accounts noted that the speech was pre-recorded and that was why it was indeed difficult to include the Lekki incident in it. Many others claimed that the president was only delivering what he thought the people wanted to hear which obviously turned out to be the opposite.

Photo -  (Governor of Lagos, His Excellency, Gov. Babajide Sanwolu)

In the speech, the president urged the Nigerian youths to put a stop to the current protest and allow normalcy to return to the polity conclusively effective from Monday 26th Oct. 2020.

The question is; which information is true? The ones all Nigerians saw or the ones we are being told? How many Nigerian politicians can be trusted by Nigerians at this time having being told lies many times, especially when no campaign promises are ever realized since the inception of democracy in 1999.

Is the Nigerian Army right by denying the Lekki shooting which was clear to all? Is the Federal government equally right for remaining silent about an issue of that magnitude? Is the Lagos state government right for saying ‘A’ only to change it to ‘B’ after few hours?

Who is to blame for all that had happened in the past two weeks? The citizens who were tired of being maltreated by the government they gave their mandates to and took to the streets? Or the government who usually neglects her people only to remember them every four years during election? Or the social media influencers who organized a protest which led to the lost of many lives and many injured who are still recuperating at different hospitals? Or those Nigerian business moguls, opinion leaders, religious heads and other citizens who are playing it safe by keeping quiet even when they know deep down things were not right?

Only God can deliver us all in this country and help us rebuild a nation which our children will be proud of.

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