The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has commended Nigerians from the northern part of the country, especially the youth, for not actively supporting the
EndSARS protests, and the violence, carnage that trailed the protests.
According to him, if the north had taken part in it, “the story would have been different”.
Youths in the country had protested peacefully for about two weeks against police brutality in the country, and called on government to reform the Nigeria Police Force.
The protest had however taken a different form when soldiers shot at the peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll gate, which had thereafter instigated an orgy of destruction and looting in many parts of the country.
Speaking when he paid a visit to sympathise with the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, the Speaker said the destruction caused by the protests was a very sad event that should not occur again in the history of Nigeria.
He said, “I want to also use this opportunity, in a way, to be grateful and commend our brothers and sisters from the North. I said this because if the North had been a part of this, I don’t know if we’ll all be standing here today. That’s why I commend our brothers and sisters from the North”.
Gbajabiamila also said that Nigerians killed before, during and after the EndSARS protests must get justice.
The Speaker, who sympathised with Nigerians from all parts of the country as a result of the killings, said the unity of the country remains non-negotiable.
The Speaker and his delegation also paid a visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, whose historical palace was destroyed during the wave of violence that engulfed the state. The delegation equally met with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.