Endless lies from government quarters on the health condition and absence from office of President Buhari are worrisome. Despite the frustration in the country, Nigerians prays for the President to regain his health. For the cabal that hold the President and the nation hostage for their selfish interest, remember that: “there is God o.” The lessons of history are there for all to see: we ignore them at our peril.
Few patriots gathered on Monday in Abuja demonstrating under the banner OurMumuDonDo demanding that the president who has been away for over ninety days should resume or resign. Less than a dozen of them; sat in a park with their banners in peaceful protest. To their dismay, Police found their presence irritable; assaulted them and arrested some of them.
   Section 40 of Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 provides that: Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons. African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights Article 11 provides: Every individual shall have the right to assemble freely with others. The exercise of this right shall be subject only to necessary restriction provided for by law… The rights entail the right of individuals to come together and to take part in processions and demonstrations in support of, or in opposition to, a cause, policy or event.
     In every democratic society, supporters and opponents of every conceivable cause are given freedom to associate and express their opinions. It is by such tolerance that societal evils across the globe have been identified, corrected and abandoned in appropriate cases. Clamp down on fundamental rights would only lead to the slippery road to dictatorship. Enjoyment of right to assemble and demonstration is only subject to Criminal law.
   Freedom of expression is part of an emancipatory practice which positively contributes to norms of democracy, just and equitable society. It is possible that a lawful procession or demonstration may be obstructed by or defeated by counter demonstration or aggressive provocation from hangers on.  However, it is the duty of the Police to take reasonable and appropriate measures to enable lawful demonstrations to proceed peacefully.
   It is very tempting for some Policemen to adopt the attitude of being too ready or willing to give orders, or misuse their authority. As there will be many more protests and agitations in the months ahead, Police are advised to respect fundamental Human Rights; otherwise violent protest would become inevitable.
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