Have you seen that news publication? The class act investigative bit CNN aired on Wednesday which shook the foundations of Lagos State? Have you seen it?
CNN editors must have had Wizkid’s song on replay while they were putting that piece together. Indeed, two seconds after it aired, everytin come burst o.
My people, they took our full government to the cleaners and hung them out to dry. It was an interesting experience! The same government represented by Mr. Governor that came out to say that Lagosians suffered mass hallucinations on that fateful day. Mr. Governor even claimed not to have seen even a “scratch of blood” at the Lekki Toll Plaza; that if there were any casualties that night, then it was just two unfortunate people that had been killed.
Killed by whom? He didn’t exactly say but if you want to confuse Babel, you must begin to speak in strange tongues.
The worst part of the denial scheme was when they allegedly paid some social media users to incite tribal arguments online. An all too familiar tool that has always worked for detractors. These people came and tried to start a Yoruba vs Igbo vs Arewa fight but thankfully, it didn’t stick.
Then they tried what millennials call ‘gaslighting’. Gaslighting is when you plant so much doubt in the mind of a person that the person starts to doubt what is true. Social media became a Shaggy song situation. Everybody was shouting it wasn’t me and it couldn’t be me all over the place. Doubt took hold and it started to feel like the Lekki Massacre on 20th of October 2020 didn’t happen.
If you held on to that memory, kudos to you. It is because of you that this victory albeit small will have any meaning.
After all this, we rounded back to being trapped in a tug of war with the Lagos State Government. While there was a Judicial Panel to look into killings and injustice, there was the blocking of accounts. While there were new promises and shows of solidarity; there were long speeches in the Lagos State House of Assembly encouraging the government to block social media. We haven’t heard the last of that one yet.
So, thank you, CNN.
Thank you for venturing into a land flowing with doubt, blood and tears to shine the light on the truth. The Lagos State Government looked the other way while soldiers killed innocent Lagosians. Now it is over to you, Mr. Governor and the International Criminal Court.