#EndSARS: Nigerian Govt Reaches Out To UK Over Sanction Threat

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has revealed to the UK government his position on the killing of protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

This comes after the UK Parliament threatened to sanction the officials involved in the shooting.

Onyeama, while answering questions from correspondents of the House of Representatives at the end of the virtual weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja said that the Nigerian government has arrived to present your own side of the story.

While asserting that lawmakers are not responsible for imposing sanctions, the minister noted that it is necessary to give the UK government Nigeria’s own position to allow them to have a balanced perspective.

According to him, “Yes, we have contacted the UK government. The meeting that took place were MPs and they do not speak for the UK government acting for the UK and the (Nigerian) government side has also listened to everything that has happened.

“So, we have contacted them and we have engaged with them. And of course, as in any democracy, members of parliament can also express their opinion.

“But the important thing is that they are given a balanced image before making a decision.

“The UK government has been informed. There was a meeting of UK parliamentarians and the UK government, acting for the UK, also heard the (Nigerian) government’s part regarding everything that has happened.

“So, we have contacted them and we have engaged with them. As in any democracy, members of parliament can also express their opinions.

“The important thing is that they are given a balanced image before making any decisions.”