The Federal Government of Nigeria on Friday said it will not prevent people from expressing their displeasure with the state of the nation through peaceful protests.
Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity addressing the February 6 planned protest making the rounds on social media, stated clearly that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will not stop Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests.
“This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests, it’s a fundamental right of the people,” he wrote on Twitter.
Akande’s clarification came after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said his command would not allow the protest planned by popular artist, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tuface, to hold in any part of the state.
However, 2face’s plan to stage the protest in Lagos on February 6 had been publicly supported by Governor Fayose who indicated his readiness to be part of the peaceful protest.