Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States of America, has called on the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari to cease using the army against protesters.
The statement from Mr Biden came on the aftermath of the incident at the Lekki Toll Gate in the evening of Tuesday. Report showed that soldiers opened fire on protesters who had been at the location for days, demanding an end to police brutality.
It was alleged that the military action led to many fatalties while several people are receiving treatment in various peivate hospital with the state.
Speaking on the issue, Mr Biden, the candidate of the Democratic Party for the US November elections called on the United States government to show solidarity to the protesting Nigerians.
“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”, his statement read.
In the same vein, former First Lady and Secretary of State of the United State, Hilary Clinton also addressed the ongoing use of military action against unarmed civilians.
She tweeted via her verified Twitter handle @HillaryClinton “I’m calling on @mbuhari and the @hqnigerianarmy to stop killing #ENDSARS protesters #StopNigerianGovernment