Landmark Event Centre cancels #Endsars summit marking one year anniversary of Lekki shooting

Landmark Event Centre cancels #Endsars summit marking one year anniversary of Lekki shooting

The management of Landmark Event Centre, the proposed venue of the scheduled #Endsars summit which was billed to hold on October

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The management of Landmark Event Centre, the proposed venue of the scheduled #Endsars summit which was billed to hold on October 20, has been cancelled the event.

Tagged Sorosoke Summit, the event was to commemorate the first year anniversary of last year’s #EndSARS protest and honour the lives of protesters who were killed or injured during the demonstration, especially at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos

The keynote speaker billed to grace the event is the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II. Others who were supposed to speak at the summit are Femi Falana, a rights activist; Usman Alkali Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP); Instagram comedian and activist, Debo Adebayo aka Mr Macaroni, rap artist, Folarin Falana aka Falz and Shina Peller, a member of the house of representatives, among others.

Obianuju Catherine Udeh aka DJ Switch, a disc jockey who filmed the shooting, had been billed to speak at a similar conference in the United States.

Unfortunately the management of the event centre are pulling out of being part of the event.

About the planned event, Banks Omisore had earlier tweeted, “We need to have honest conversations of the event surrounding 10/20/21. @OoniAdimulaIfe will be the keynote speaker.

“What really happened? Who opened fire? Did people die at Lekki toll gate? Who was responsible? What happened to the #5for5 demands? Is #EndSARS still an issue?”
However, the organisers of the event have noted that the cancellation by the event centre will not stop them from going ahead with it.

“We invite everyone to come to LekkiTollGate for the memorial.”

On the night of October 20, 2020, Nigerian soldiers opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, killing an unspecified number of people and injuring many others.

Reacting to the cancelled event, Mr Macaroni expressed pain and disappointment at how the powers that be has done everything imaginable to prevent the commemoration of the Lekki shooting to hold.

Writing in pidgin English, he said, “I wan talk my mind as e dey pain me!!  E don reach one year wey EndSars happen. Anytime wey people say dem wan do anything wey relate with Endsars for this Lagos; na so so Police Vans, Trucks, even Armor Tanks wey dem go pack full the place. This same Lagos wey dem go dey rob people for broad daylight and nobody will come to your rescue.

“Now October 20th is almost here, we say we wan do peaceful walk to Tollgate, Dem say No. Oya make we do Summit for Landmark Event Center, in a controlled environment and discuss with ourselves, some powers above don threaten them. Those ones don talk say we no fit hold event there again. And how can anyone blame them honestly? Dem dey protect themselves, dem business and customers.
“My question is, can’t Nigerian Youths gather again to discuss the Way forward? Ok…. Na una plan to rule forever be this?? Lagos State Government has an event this evening. Infact Top Celebrities go dey there to perform.  Lagos state dey do show days before October 20th but other Lagosians can’t gather for their own peaceful summit?? Before I talk finish now, you go hear “they will hijack your summit”

“So how Una dey do Una own shows and political rallies wey dem no dey Hijack am??

“For the celebrities, make we dey reason this thing ooo. Government no good but Una Dey chop Government money…. I no say make anybody no chop ooo. But there are some things bigger than money!! If na Government wey dey treat the people better now, e for even better. People are suffering and these people are doing nothing about it!!

“The last time wey police carry me, dem beat me and the others!! They stripped us Naked!! Dem dey ask me say “Shey b na me wan dey disturb Governor Abi?”Shey na that kain Government I go respect??

“If there will be any peaceful walk on the 20th, I’m still down ooo. But it must be all of us together. E no go bad if Una go for the Government’s show and still attend a summit or take a walk for the youths.
“Everybody want Coconut Water but nobody want make dem break the coconut for their head. For Nigeria, even if you let them break Coconut on your head, powers above still fit no let the others drink the coconut water. We must all come together!!! “