#RevolutionNow: Civil Societies Need Not Police Permission to Protest

The National Secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has said that said civil societies did not need police permission to protest.

Recall that the #RevolutionNow protest was ahead across the country yesterday which is against the ruling government is running the affairs of the country.

In a news briefing with journalists, CDHR the National Secretary, Olayinka Folarin said the gathering was done in a lawful manner.

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“We assembled in a lawful manner at the front of the stadium. But the military and the police dispersed us; they shot tear gas at us. They arrested some of our people, including journalists. They whisked them away to an unknown location. Some of our people sustained injuries.

“Nigerians want the government to fulfil all its promises during the electioneering. We are also asking for the immediate and unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore, who is just a messenger in this struggle.”

Folarin who pointed that the word revolution is a predated statement that was even used by the people in government today, including President Muhammadu Buhari, said the ruling government has become tyrannical in its action.

“In 2012, Goodluck Jonathan did not stop our nationwide protest at Ojota, and the people in the present government participated. They have become tyrannical and have started unleashing mayhem and terror on the good people of Nigeria after they took office.”

READ: #RevolutionNow: The ‘Abduction’ of Sowore Shows Nigeria sliding to Dark Days of Military Regime – Deji Adeyanju

The rights activist group further noted that it was not interested in a regime change or removal of the President, but changes that would end insecurity, youth unemployment, among other ills.

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