The former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu has explained that he has no hand in the shooting of protesters and also declared that he has no investment in Lekki toll gate.
Tinubu said he couldn’t have deployed the soldiers to quell the protest and fail to protect his investments — Television Continental (TVC) and The Nation newspaper.
He described the claim that he “called on soldiers to kill my own people” as the “foulest of lies”.
“The use of strong force against any peaceful protester is indefensible, completely outside the norms of a democratic society and progressive political culture to which I aspire and have devoted my public life. That people were angered by the reports of violence and death is acutely understandable”.
“Understandably outraged, people sought to hold someone accountable. For various reasons, I became the most available scapegoat. Some people don’t like me because they believe the false rumors uttered about me over the years. Some maligned my name because they hide ulterior motives and harbour unrequited political scores they intend to settle.
“A week ago, such people tried to bring enmity between me and the state and federal governments by contending I was sponsoring the protests. When that did not work, they then sought to sow enmity between me and the people by saying I ordered soldiers to quash the very same protests they first accused me of organising.
“My opponents have every right to oppose me politically but let them have the courage to do so in the open, above board and to employ facts not evil fiction in their efforts against me. They have no right to slander and defame anyone with the terrible and vile fabrications now cast at my feet.”
The former governor said while he has no investment in the tollgate as alleged, he is a
“Promoter and financial investor in The Nation and TVC”, both of which he learnt would be attacked amid the protests.
He said the attackers were from his political opponents, and had
“Wreaked their havoc and destroyed those buildings and facilities” at TVC and The Nation.
“There is no rationale that can adequately explain why I would order soldiers to repel peaceful protesters from the toll gate where I have no financial interest, yet, choose to do nothing to protect my investments in The Nation and TVC,” he said.
“The good and creative people of Lagos have worked hard over the years to build it into the dynamic economic and cultural focal point it has become. Lagos has enjoyed over two decades of sustained, uninterrupted growth.”