President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is disgusted with the coverage of EndSARS protests by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Cable News Network (CNN).
He expressed his disgust at a meeting with state governors at the presidential villa in Abuja.
The protest which was held in October, had as its peak motive, the dissolution of the notorious SARS group.
The protest ticked off on a peaceful note and barely days into it, the government declared yet another dissolution and convergence of another arm, SWAT.
However, on October 20, Nigerian soldiers shot at unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate Plaza in Lagos state, despite the waving of flags.
The army, Lagos government and other necessary arms and persons in position, denied any casualty resulting from the shooting.
A special report given by CNN stated that soldiers indeed shot at and killed many protesters. The investigation identified the bullets used as a 2015 brand from Serbia, questioning the claims from the army about not using live ammunition.
The president tagged the coverage unbalanced and irresponsible, stating that account was not taken of the number of innocent officers who were brutally murdered in service and had their places of work vandalized and razed.
President Buhari, in addressing the issue on the coverage said via his spokesman, Garba Shehu, “I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened. (They said we are all at fault. We don’t have the sympathy of anyone. We are on our own).”
The government warned that “democracy does not mean confusion or lack of accountability,” stating that it would no longer tolerate violent demonstrations.
The presidency said it would not again contain such demonstration by the citizens, that amounted to mounting roadblocks and destruction of property.