Shehu Sani, the former Senator who represented the Kaduna Central district in the 8th Assembly, has cautioned the Federal Government to allow Nigerians enjoy peaceful protests as the present administration came into power on the back of such protests,
Sani was reacting to the clampdown and arrest of some #OccupyLekki protesters by the police on Saturday as they gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate to protest the reopening of the plaza while the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers on October 20, 2020, is yet to be resolved.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, as well as the police, had issued warnings that the government would not fold its hands and allow the protesters to occupy the streets today, but in defiance, the youths took to the streets in protest.
The police, true to its words, filed out to confront the protesters and in the process, brutalized some of them and arrested others.
Taking to his Twitter handle on Saturday, Sani urged the government to allow Nigerians exercise their rights as peaceful protest was a fundamental human right which should be permitted, as it was enjoyed by those in power.
“PEACEFUL protest is a fundamental right once enjoyed by those on the throne today. Permit and protect the protesters,” Sani tweeted.
PEACEFUL protest is a fundamental right once enjoyed by those on the throne today.permit & Protect the protesters.#LekkiTollGateProtest
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) February 13, 2021
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