Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has called for a quick and thorough investigation into the shootings at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos on Tuesday which led to deaths of protesters.
The speaker made the call in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Lanre Lasisi, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He described the reported casualties among protesters at the tollgate as “disturbing and not reflective of the nation’s growing democracy.
“Events in my home state, Lagos, last night and up until this afternoon, have left my heart heavy and my spirit disturbed.
“After 60 years, our democracy should have grown beyond the point where conflicting visions of nationhood result in violence on the streets and blood on the ground.
“It is unavoidably and painfully clear that there were a number of casualties as a result of gunfire at the Lekki Tollgate,” he said.
Gbajabiamila underscored the need for quick and thorough investigation of the incident to determine the facts of what happened at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
He said that Nigerians deserved to know the account of what truly happened at Lekki Tollgate and urged the people to remain calm and law-abiding.
The speaker stressed that there should no longer be any spilling of blood, while calling for calm to get the true picture of events.
“In Lagos and everywhere else, too much blood has already been spilled in our country, let there be no more spilling of blood.
“May God bless and keep you all. And may God bless and keep the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.