Ekiti state governor, ayodele fayose, has criticised the federal government and the nigeria police on alleged move to stop a planned protest advocating for good governance to be led by world renowned nigerian musician, mr. innocent idibia, aka tuface.
the singer has in the past days rallied the support of his fans via his social media platforms to join his march.
idibia’s plan to stage the protest in lagos on february 5 had been repoprtedly supported by fayose who had indicated his readiness to be part of the peaceful protest.
the lagos commissioner of police, mr fatai owoseni, had said intelligence report indicated that criminals might hijack the planned protest and therefore vowed to stop the protest.
fayose in a statement issued by his special assistant on public communications and new media, lere olayinka, dissmissing the police’s stand as a ploy 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 anpp/igp allows for such protest or gathering without police permit or interference as in advanced democracy. the protest is said to be for and about good governance. so who is afraid of the protest. who does the police represent or representing in this issues?
“nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is above 500/$.
“nepotism, extra judicial killings, disobedience to court order and human right abuses must stop. the conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid.”