Thursday, 19 January 2012

News Release: Deployment Of Soldiers To Lagos Is Unconstitutional And Unnecessary

Soldiers Patrolling A Street In Lagos
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) joins millions of patriotic Nigerians and groups in condemning in strong terms the deployment of soldiers to Lagos by President Goodluck Jonathan and demands their immediate withdrawal.
The legitimate protest against the increase in the pump price of Petrol by the orderly and peaceful people of Lagos was largely peaceful as they came out willingly without any prodding to express their disapproval of this anti-people policy of the Jonathan administration.
This civilized conduct of the people of Lagos was a pace setter which was quickly emulated by legitimate protesters in other states of the federation in expressing their rejection of the insensitive increase in the price of petrol.
Nigerians however awoke to a rude shock on Monday 16th January 2012, and discovered that the Jonathan Administration had assaulted the fundamental rights of Nigerians guaranteed under the constitution by deploying soldiers to the streets of Lagos to intimidate, harass and prevent the people from exercising their constitutional rights to protest. Ever since, patriotic individuals and groups have condemned this act of aggression against the good people of Lagos and have called for the immediate withdrawal of the forces of occupation.
We commend the democratic spirit of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State for rising to the occasion in condemning this assault on the people’s right which is also an assault on his office as the chief security officer of the state as enshrined in the constitution and for demanding the immediate withdrawal of the military men. We view this assault as a violation of the constitution and an act of aggression against the government and people of Lagos State which stands condemned.
We are also demanding that President Goodluck Jonathan immediately tenders a public and unreserved apology to the good people of Lagos State in particular and Nigerians in general.
Nelson Ekujumi,
Executive Chairman,

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