The Lagos State Judiciary Panel only reported what most of us already knew about the #LekkiMassacre. Whether you were in denial or just wanted confirmation before voicing out, deep down we all knew innocent lives were lost in the name of the #EndSARS protest before and during the #LekkiMassacre. The question that should be on everybody’s lips is “WHAT’S NEXT?”

I guess even some of us that were not in denial about the shooting and killing of innocent youths during the 20-10-2020 #LekkiMassacre are just happy that at least the confirmation came from the panel The Lagos State governor himself, His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu set up to investigate the shootings. Although most of us didn’t believe there would be fair enough to unveil the truth. Considering the history of the government trying to conceal the truth, it is still shocking that the same panel released their reports affirming that the #LekkiMassacre actually did happen to claim the lives of over 90 youths with some left critically injured. But still, the question I am asking is “WHAT’S NEXT?”

I don’t want to sound pessimistic but I am actually expecting the government officials to come up with some stories to justify their actions or deny responsibilities for their actions. After all, even when we all watched DJ Switch’s Instagram live, they still came up with stories denying that there was a military presence at the Lekki toll gate. Later they accepted the presence of the military at the toll gate but denied any shooting of live bullets.
Also, some youths were of the opinion that DJ Switch doctored the Instagram live videos and made a mockery of the #LekkiMassacre by asking DJ Switch to provide the corpse of the dead.
Even when one or two families voiced out that their sons and daughters were missing, the narrative changed to “the death of one or two persons can’t be considered a massacre”. All these are in an effort to downplay the impact of the #LekkiMassacre. So again I ask “WHAT’S NEXT?”

Already there are reports going around claiming that the people that were shot at the #LekkiMassacre were hoodlums who wrecked Shoprite and mega malls or plazas in the country.
It is just very sad for parents who lost a child or two during the #LekkiMassacre to wake up and see such a brave child termed a hoodlum instead of a hero. No matter spear campaign against those #EndSARS supporters massacred, one thing is certain, they are the real hero’s past we sing about in our national anthem, and even if this government won’t recognize their efforts, history will not forget. But for now, going forward, “WHAT’S NEXT?”

The #LekkiMassacre is not the first massacre that has happened in Nigeria. And so far nobody has been held accountable for it. The Asaba Massacre did happen where the Nigerian army killed unarmed citizens in the name of civil war between Nigeria and Biafra. This was the case of “when two elephants fight, the grass suffers”. The innocent lives that were wasted during the Asagba massacre were perhaps just collateral damage or victims of circumstances if you may.

Apart from the Asaba massacre, in November 2020, there were cries by the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law over the continuous Army massacre operations in Obigbo. These cries were met with global silence and nothing happened to like those lives didn’t matter. At least one can say that the #LekkiMassacre got the attention it deserved but the Obigbo massacre hardly gets talked about in public. The people affected are just living and dying in silence and pain because the world does not care about their own stories.

In a sane country, with the revelation of the Lagos State Panel reports on the #LekkiMassacre, public figures like Bola Ahmed Tinubu, The Governor of Lagos state Babajide Sanwo-Olu and even President Muhammadu Buhari should be answering questions about their involvement (if any), in not only the #LekkiMassacre but about all the massacres that have happened under their watch.
If Nigeria was anything close to a sane country, these reports should be enough to start another protest demanding justice. So pardon me as I ask again “WHAT’S NEXT?”

Yes, the panel has revealed to us what most of us already knew. What will be done now? Will people be held responsible? Will, there be resignations and trials or will the #LekkiMassacre be swept under the carpet like every other massacre in Nigeria’s history?
Will this even affect the outcomes of the incoming elections? I might be pessimistic but that I really doubt. So it will be interesting to see what comes after this revelation or will the dust settle just like every other dust has?

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