The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose on Thursday blasted the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police for attempting to stop the planned nationwide protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Fayose described the stand of the police to stop the peaceful protest being organized by 2 Face Idibia as a ploy to stop a legitimate civil act.
2 Face and other Nigerian celebrities had announced a nationwide protest against the administration of President Buhari.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, had however said the police will not allow the protest to hold in Lagos because it could easily be hijacked by miscreants.
“We know that 2 face does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand, “Owoseni said.
A press statement issued by the Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti on Thursday 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.”