The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent national truth commission on the alleged killing of peaceful protesters by security agencies.
The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, said: “It finds it very strange that the Buhari Presidency had remained evasive and chose to push the responsibility of enquiry to the states, despite widespread allegations of involvement of federal government interests in the crime against humanity going on in Nigeria.
“PDP’s call for a national truth commission is predicated on the failure of the Federal Government to come clean on the involvement of the military in the Lekki shooting as well as the recruiting of hoodlums to attack peaceful protesters in Abuja and other parts of the country.
“In the same vein, Nigerians are disturbed by the contradicting claims by Governor Sanwo-Olu, who earlier asserted that there was no causality at Lekki Toll Gate, only for him to admit afterwards that one person died and later changed his figure to two.
“The global community has been in distress over graphic videos of the night shooting at Lekki Toll Gate as well as the gory pictures of Nigerians killed while waving our nation’s flag and singing the national anthem in protest against police brutality and myriads of injustices under the Buhari administration.
“Nigerians are yet to be told who ordered the deployment of soldiers to Lekki Toll Gate and how police vehicles were used to bring in armed thugs to attack and kill protesters in Abuja.
“Instead, the federal government is desperately plotting to gag Nigerians, stifle the press and shut down the social media among other desperate measures, including threatening CNN for carrying out an investigative report on the killings of protesters.”
The Federal Government had once set up a Truth Commission headed by the late Justice Oputa.