Anger trailed President Muhammadu Buhari nationwide broadcast on Thursday.
Buhari had addressed Nigerians in the wake of violence that erupted across the country after the ENDSARS campaign entered its second week.
The President appealed to #EndSARS protesters to respect the rights of other citizens and leave the streets but did not acknowledge the shooting of protesters by the Army at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
Nigerians on micro-blogging site, Twitter described the President’s silence on the Lekki shooting as disappointing and an indicator of his lack of empathy.
Aisha Yesufu expressed her disappointment on Twitter.
“Not a word from Buhari @MBuhari about #EndSars protesters killed. Not a word about citizens killed in Zamfara. You still have doubt that this man cares for no one and everyone is feeling the effect of his incompetence?”, she said.
“He didn’t even acknowledge them. Wow”, Music star,Simi wrote in reference to the deceased.
“Buhari didn’t have a word for the victims of the recent killings in Zamfara and across the north. That tells you how much he values those peddling disinformation to defend the indefensible” Bulama Bukarti tweeted.
“No empathy. No hope. No apology. No accountability”, Dipo Awojide wrote.
“More than 48hrs hours after unarmed Nigerians were massacred at Lekki toll gate, @MBuhari addresses Nigerians about Npower & Trader Moni with less than two seconds reference to the incident #Endsars #endbadgocernance #NIGERIAPREVAILS”– Victoria Nkong
“This is the worst way to treat the people who chose you. This is soul crushing and so utterly abhorrent! Silence would’ve been better.”– Temie Giwa-Tubosun
“Wow so that was it. Honestly this government don’t rate us. He just basically said stop being silly and go about your business. The end”– Wana Udobang
“I listened to the speech of the mannequin masquerading himself as the president of Nigeria, the speech reek ooze, lacking empathy and didn’t address the issues at hand.”– Omokehinde Ojo
“Buhari did not say anything. A speechless speech! Lifeless, uninspiring and void of empathy. What is this country?’- Real Banjo
“No empathy. No hope. No apology. No accountability. #EndSARS’– Ogbeni Dipo
“I would never clamor that Buhari address the nation again. Never! It’s pure waste of time.”– Tosin Olugbenga
“This man spoke for 10 minutes and here’s what he said.
– Blamed EndSars protestors for damages, killing, rapes, looting, prison breaks and more
-They shouldn’t have answered our demands so swiftly
-apology for police lives lost
-paying more money to police and teachers (sure)
– youths should collect 30k each to become artisans
– loss of businesses and inconveniences of daily commutes are more important issues than loss of youth lives
– it they find us back on the streets we will not be tolerated
– International community should mind their business
“What we didn’t hear:
– no responsibility taken for continued police brutality and SARS activity despite so called “disbandment”
– no acknowledgement of Tuesday massacre victims or role the govt played
– no plans for accountability or prosecutions.”– Onajite Emerhor-Ogwo
“Buhari speech is a classical example of “Quality Information wey no concern us”. Nobody held accountable. No empathy shown.
And oh “International Communities, mind your business””– Savvy Rinu