John Enenche, a retired major general of the Nigerian Army, has said his comment on #EndSars incident was based on the information available at the time.
His statement is in response to the backlash over his inclusion as a member of the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign.
On Wednesday, the LP released its list of members for the party’s presidential campaign, and among the over 1,000 members was Enenche.
The inclusion of the former defence spokesman on the list, however, sparked outrage on social media, with many persons questioning why he is a member of the LP presidential campaign team.
Enenche, who was director of information of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) during the #EndSARS protests in 2020, had described reports of soldiers shooting at the tollgate as “mere allegations”.
Addressing the issue, Enenche indicated that he has known Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed, LP presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for years and believes in their capabilities.
“I believe that all Obidient Nigerians among others that believe and are working towards a new Nigeria and taking our country back have the same conviction like me. In this regard, I appeal to all in this endeavour to allow us to maintain focus to achieve this all important mission.
“Let me state here that a good number of us in this liberation effort have a lot to give and contribute based on knowledge acquired over time in excess of thirty years, that will give solid foundation to Labour Party Government at all levels in Nigeria from 2023.
“Dear country men and women, following my appointment on the campaign council of Labour Party, there were reactions on the social media about my pronouncement concerning a video shot at the scene of the ENDARS incident at Lekki toll gate on 20 October 2020.
“Every one that commented in any way was right based on the information at their disposal and individual analysis. Personally and professionally, I worked with the overriding interest of Nigerians at heart based on the oath of allegiance I swore on commission into military service which is sacrosanct. I sincerely shared in the pains of that breaking news through the social media as it were,” he said.
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