The Constitution Guarantees The Right Of Citizens To Peaceful Protest- Atiku Abubakar

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the recent peaceful arrest at the Lekki toll gate that ended in the arrest of some protesters.

The peaceful protest was met resistance from the security agencies, and arrests were made in the early hours of yesterday, Saturday 13th February including popular comedian Macaroni and other protesters.

In a post via his twitter page, Atiku made it known it is the right of every citizen to engage in a peaceful protest without infringing on their rights.

He wrote: The 1999 Nigerian constitution, as amended (Section 40) guarantees the right of citizens to peaceful protest. The courts have also affirmed that right. Anything contrary to that is not acceptable and stands condemned
It is the security agents’ responsibility to provide a secured conducive environment for citizens to protest peaceably in line with constitutional provisions and the African Charter on Human rights.

The 1999 Nigerian constitution, as amended (Section 40) guarantees the right of citizens to peaceful protest. The courts have also affirmed that right. Anything contrary to that is not acceptable and stands condemned.

— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) February 13, 2021

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