As President Muhammadu Buhari sent out his congratulatory note to the president-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden, on Twitter young Nigerians have used his post to express their displeasure at his handling of the #EndSARS protests.
Buhari wrote, “Congratulation to US President-Elect Joe Biden on his election at a time of uncertainty and feat in world affairs. His election is a reminder that democracy is the best form of government because it offers the people the opportunity to change their government by peaceful means.” He also stated that” respect for the will of the people” was the reason democracy remained the best form of government. Some though were of the opinion that the president’s actions during the #EndSARS protests directly negated his stand in the thread of tweets.
A particular user, @OgbeniDipo wrote, “But peaceful protesters were harassed and killed in Nigeria. Passport was seized. CBN blocked account of alleged protest organisers. Don’t lecture us about democracy. We don’t enjoy that under you.”
Another person wrote, “Lest we forget, who ordered the shooting of peaceful protesters at Lekki Shrine (tollgate) on 20th of October 2020.” While the Buhari has responded to general matters concerning the protests held against police brutality, the unfortunate incident of Lekki Tollgate mass shootings still remain a puzzle as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces did not claim responsibility for the orders.
Popular faces during the #EndSARS protests like Rinu, a member of the Lagos Judicial Panel Hearing and Gatefield, a company that offers public affairs services in Nigeria and supports free media, along with 16 other people bank accounts were frozen with reason given as their link ‘sponsoring’ the #EndSARS protests. Young Nigerians continue to feel that the Buhari-led administration is not doing enough to ensure the well-being of its citizens.