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State of the Nation: FG won’t stop Tuface’s protest, says Osinbajo

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The Federal Government has stated that it will not stop Nigerians from registering their displeasure with the state of the nation through peaceful protests.
In veiled reference to a nation wide protest march being organised by a popular musician, Mr. Innocent ‘Tuface’ Idibia, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo stated that such protest “is a fundamental right of the people.”
“This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests,” said Laolu Akande media aide to Vice President Yemi Osibanjo Friday on Twitter on Friday.
The position of the Federal Government came after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said his command would not allow the protest to hold in any part of the state.
He said his command had received an intelligence report that criminals were planning to hijack the process to wreak havoc on Lagos.
“We know that Tuface 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,” he stressed.
Tuface had announced that he would have a ‘massive nationwide’ protest on February 5. He later postponed the planned mass action to February 6.
He said there was a “need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail.”
“A call for good governance,” he said. “A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide. A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary…. You have all failed us.”

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