#LekkiMassacre: ‘You Have No Moral Right to Speak,’ Odi Leaders Berates Obasanjo

Leaders of Odi community in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA of Bayelsa State, have berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo, following his comments on the infamous shooting and killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters by operatives of the Nigerian military, at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.

The leaders under the umbrella of Concerned Citizens of Odi, lambasted the former president, saying he lacks the moral right to condemn a military invasion on peaceful protesters.

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Obasanjo had berated the President Muhammadu Buhari led government for unleashing maximum force on unarmed peaceful #ENDSARS protesters.

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However, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the leaders reminded Obasanjo of the Odi massacre he carried out on November 20, 1999, by unleashing the Nigerian military on the people over their demands for indigenous rights to oil resources and environmental protection.

The statement signed by the deputy king of Odi; Chief Prenus Ogboin, the Youth president Ikposuoyeski Inemike and CDC chairman, Odi, Goddey Niweigha, the community’s women leader; Ebimoweni Kemepade, among others, also saw the community demanding an unreserved apology from Obasanjo.

The statement reads in part: “The trauma that Odi went through under President Obasanjo is still fresh in living memory.

“The Nigerian Army moved in tanks, the Nigerian Navy moved in warships and the Nigerian Air Force was overheads.

“All the force of the Nigerian federation was unleashed on the sleepy and unarmed rural community of Odi. All because some young people dared to ask for their rights. It was a time no one in Odi wishes to recall.

“Definitely, there are some lectures that ‘Professor’ Obasanjo may not be qualified to deliver, especially a lecture on how to disperse a peaceful protest without violence.’’

The particularly emphasized that Obasanjo owes Odi community an unreserved apology, saying his comments are like adding salt to injury on their people.

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Written by Tare Magbei

Tare Magbei is a media practitioner with Daily Report Nigeria.

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