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Friday, 3 February 2017

POLICE CAN’T STOP 2FACE RALLY, NIGERIANS ARE HUNGRY – FAYOSE, OTHERS INSIST





Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Ayo Fayose, has knocked the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police for planning to stop a protest for good governance by popular musician, 2Face Idibia.

The rally, which 2face planned to lead in the Lagos metropolis next Monday, is to protest against the current economic hardship being faced by the masses.

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.

2Face, earlier in the week, in a video posted on his page, explained the idea behind the rally and the need for Nigerians to join him in the peaceful protest.

But in a statement on Thursday, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the police would not allow the rally to hold, because it could easily be hijacked by miscreants.

In his reaction, Fayose said that the police’s stand was a ploy to stop a legitimate civil act.

He 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.”

Many Nigerians on social media are also saying they are ready for the protest.
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