Social crusader, critic, columnist and erudite lawyer, Festus Keyamo could not but condemn in strong terms the banning of all protests related to the unresolved abduction of Chibok school girls as earlier announced by the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Abuja.
The statement credited to the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory, Joseph Mbu, banning all protests over the kidnap of the Chibok school girls is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void. It is against the spirit and letters of section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. All the above guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.
It is shocking that the Federal Government, hiding under the facade of the Police, has finally openly displayed its disdain for the public outcry over the kidnap of those innocent souls. The Federal Government would really have wished that we all went about our normal businesses and live in denial like it did for many weeks.
The Government has shown that it is more concerned about its image and self-preservation than the safety of those girls.
This is the height of irresponsibility and insensitivity to the plight of the Chibok girls and their family members. At a time when Government has not shown a capacity to protect lives and properties, it is even denying the citizens the basic right to cry out about Government’s inaction. It is like beating a child mercilessly and choking the child at the same time to prevent the child from crying out. It is inhuman, it is degrading and it is humiliating.
That Order by the Commissioner of Police should be rescinded immediately or else the Federal Government should be prepared to arrest and lock up all Nigerians. Even the military did not succeed in muzzling Nigerians like the Federal Government wants to do by this feeble Order.