Hardship: FG can’t stop Nigerians from peaceful protests – Tambuwal


By Kenneth Atavti

Irked by the Economic hardships, citizens can continue to register their displeasure over the rising cost of living in the country, a former Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has adduced reasons why the Federal Government cannot stop peaceful protests.

Tambuwal, who is currently representing Sokoto South in the Senate, maintained that no law in the country forbade aggrieved citizens from embarking on peaceful protests.

Speaking with journalists on the sideline of a Stakeholders’ Dialogue on the state of human rights in Nigeria, organized by the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center, PLAC, the federal lawmaker said there was need for security agencies to understand that the right of citizens to protest is constitutional.

According to him, “Our courts have spoken that you cannot stop people from a peaceful protest and it is very clear in our laws.”

“Where is the limitation in the law? Maybe we should engage the police and other people in uniform to understand this.

“I do not see anything in black and white, in any law or any convention in this country that is restricting peoples’ rights against peaceful protests.”

In his keynote presentation at the event, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Mr. Anthony Ojukwu, SAN, bemoaned the rising cases of rights violations in the country.

Ojukwu said the Commission had received over 2.3million complaints in 2022, adding that “the right to life is also directly violated by persistent insecurity in the form of terrorism, escalating killings and farmer-herder conflicts and separatist agitations, kidnappings and armed banditry across the country.”

“The dignity of the human person is also under siege, recent reports of torture and cruel treatment by law enforcement officials, exemplified by reports by the Human Rights Watch, which documented 12 cases where young men had been shot in the foot or leg whilst in police custody”, he added.