Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Ayo Fayose has voiced his support for the much talked about upcoming peaceful protest – #istandwithNigeria headed by iconic Nigerian singer Innocent Idibia aka 2Face.
Weighing in on the move by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police to stop a protest, Fayose said the police has no backing to stop a legitimate civil act.
Fayose said, “Leadership is about accountability. To be accountable, leaders must listen to public opinion either by civil and peaceful protest.
“The court of appeal’s judgment in the ANPP vs IGP allows for such protest or gathering without police permit or interference as in advanced democracies. The protest is said to be for and about good governance. So, who is afraid of the protest? Who do the police represent in this issue?
“Nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is above N500 to a US dollar.
“Nepotism, extrajudicial killings, disobedience to court order and human right abuse must stop. The conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid.”
The aim of the protest is to voice the displeasure of the Nigerian citizens against the current economic hardship being faced by the general populace.
Also, a Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has said nothing, including the police, can stop the planned peaceful rally being organised by the musician.
It should be recalled that in a statement on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the police would prevent the rally from holding because it could easily be hijacked by miscreants.