The Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, has expressed disappointment that there was nothing new in the speech presented to Nigerians on Thursday evening by President Muhammadu Buhari besides what he had been saying since the #EndSARS protest by Nigerian youths started.
The shootings have been widely condemned, but Buhari did not speak of them at all during national address Thursday, and instead urged protesters to stop their demonstrations.
Human Rights Watch also corroborated reports that the Nigerian army had opened fire on protesters on Tuesday in what the NGOs described as "a shooting spree".
"For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and the law and order situation".
Amnesty International said 12 people were killed in the incident, with a total of 56 people dead in the unrest across the country.
Protesters, journalists, and organisations took to social media and shared videos of peaceful protestors singing Nigeria's national anthem with the sound of gunshots in the background.
For those who don't know, Nigerians are now embroiled in a protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a unit that has been criticized for using brutal methods and unlawful tactics against citizens.
"The spreading of deliberate falsehood and misinformation through the social media in particular, that this government is oblivious to the pains and plight of its citizens, is a ploy to mislead the unwary within and outside Nigeria into unfair judgement and disruptive behaviour", he said. "Under no circumstances will this be tolerated", Buhari said.
The army has denied soldiers were at the site of the shooting, where people had gathered in defiance of the curfew.
Amnesty International said in a report that at least 12 people were killed and hundreds more were severely injured on Tuesday night when Nigerian security forces opened fire without warning on two large gatherings of peaceful protesters in parts of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city.
In his short speech, Buhari called on protesters to stop demonstrating and the global community, which has expressed concern over the incident, to "know all facts".
Violent unrest erupted Wednesday in Lagos as mobs vandalized and burned police stations, courthouses, TV stations and a hotel.
In response to criticism from fellow African heads of state and other world leaders, Buhari called on them "to seek to know all the facts available before taking a position, or rushing to judgment and making hasty pronouncements". The AP added that "police also fired tear gas at bands of demonstrators and smoke was seen billowing from several areas in the city's center".
The vice-president said he had paid hospital visits to some of the victims. The looting and gunfire continued Thursday.
Protests have been held in South Africa, London, Paris and NY over the shooting, with major celebrities throwing their weight behind the calls for justice.
He called for an end to widespread protests gripping Africa's most populous country.