The Democratic Presidential candidate in the upcoming United States election, Joe Biden, has called on the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the military to stop the violent suppression on protesters which has led to numerous deaths.
The former American Vice-President mention this in a statement titled, ‘Violence in Nigeria – Statement by Vice President Joe Biden’ on Wednesday. Biden said the United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and looking for an end to corruption.
The statement reads, “I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence. The United States must stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy. I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.”
Eyewitnesses claim at least seven people were killed in the attack by military on protesters, but the lagos state government denied it saying the figures were overstated. On Wednesday, several irate youths took to the streets to burn down government facilities and some private establishments.