By Concise News Correspondents
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has lashed out at the Federal Government and the Nigerian Police over ‘attempt’ by the security outfit to stop a planned protest by multiple award-winning singer, 2face.
Tuface, also known as Tubaba, whose real name is Innocent Idibia, recently disclosed his plan on his Instagram page, stating that he intends to lead a nationwide protest on 6 February.
The widely celebrated singer said he would lead the protest against the Federal Government over the country’s economic recession among other issues affecting the most populous black nation in the world.
The Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Governors’ Forum of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has knocked the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police for planning to stop a protest for good governance by a musician, Innocent Idibia, a.k.a. 2 Face.
However, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said in a statement that the force will not allow such protest.
Owoseni gave an intelligence report that hoodlums and criminals were planning to take advantage of the demonstration to cause violence in the state as part of the reasons.
He also expressed fears that the superstar artiste does not have the capacity to contain the expected crowd in the metropolis.
“We know that 2face 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 said.
But Fayose strongly disagrees with the police.
The governor noted in a statement that it would be undemocratic if the police stopped the planned protest.
“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 the ANPP vs IGP allows for such protest or gathering without police permit or interference as in advanced democracies. The protest is said to be for and about good governance. So, who is afraid of the protest? Who do the police represent in this issue?
“Nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is above N500 to a US dollar.
“Nepotism, extrajudicial killings, disobedience to court order and human right abuse must stop. The conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid,” the statement said.