Archbishop of Canterbury condemns Lekki shootings

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The most senior bishop in the Church of England who is also the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Portal Welby has condemned the shooting of protesting youths in Lekki, Lagos State and other parts of the country.

The world leader of the Anglican Church who is a personal friend of the President Muhammadu Buhari said he had earlier advised the President to ensure that lives are protected.

Welby said this in a message posted on his verified Twitter handle @JustinWelby.

The cleric wrote, “I condemn in the strongest terms the reported deliberate shooting of unarmed protesters in #Lagos and other parts of #Nigeria.

“I have urged President @MBuhari directly to ensure that lives are protected – and I say that again now.

“I mourn for Nigeria. May God save Nigeria.”

Reports indicated that more than 25 deaths have been recorded since the clashes started across the country. The Lekki massacre drew global condemnation because of the commando style employed by the Nigerian army to disperse the harmless youths.

Hours before the attack, the CCTV camera at the Lekki Tollgate was removed while the entire place was plunged into darkness. Then sporadic shooting by soldiers ensured, leading to loss of innocent lives and gunshot injuries sustained by scores of the protesters.

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