Following petitions signed by hundreds of thousands of Nigerian citizens asking the UK Parliament to look into human right abuse by the Nigerian government and security agencies, the parliament has finally reached a resolution to debate sanctions against the President Muhammadu Buhari led government on November 23, 2020.
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Petitions were signed online in October 2020 following the shooting and killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on October 20, 2020, by Nigerian soldiers, while many others were left injured. The UK Parliament is set to question Buhari’s handling of the historic #EndSARS protest which lasted for a little over two weeks and saw Nigerians campaign against police brutality and the abolishment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which were notable for violating the rights of innocent Nigerian citizens.
The world has been disturbed by President Buhari’s refusal to hold any military or political appointee responsible for the killings on the night of October 20, rather he has remained defiant and has shown his zeal to crush by all means any similar protest to #EndSARS. This is evident in the way his government has targeted citizens who were key in the protest by arresting, intimidating, and placing travel restrictions on them with their bank accounts also frozen.
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The Nigerian military and civil authorities have maintained that they had no hand or wrongdoing in the shooting at the Lekki toll gate, while the President has remained mute. However, Nigeria’s longstanding ties with Britain her former colonial master might be a big hindrance to the implementation of sanctions on Nigeria. It is still unclear if the British lawmakers would fancy sanctions against the Buhari government.
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