Soyinka Warns police To Respect Human Right

Author Wole Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, gestures during an interview in Lagos September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

Professor Wole Soyinka has clamp down on the Nigerian Police Force who’s set to disband any group of people or persons who attempts embarking on any protest.

He said, “I hope that, even at this eleventh hour, legality and the democratic imperative will prevail. Finally, I shall be less than honest if I do not add the following, mostly directed as a warning to the very polity on whose behalf the democratic war is joined, again and again:

“Minus a minuscule but highly voluble minority, mostly of pitiably retarded polluters of the common zones of public interventions, I do not know of any citizens of civilised community who do not subscribe to the fundamental Right of the Freedom of Expression in any form, as long as it is peaceful, and non-injurious to humanity. I would hate to conclude that the security agencies, or the government they serve, at this stage of national development and recent history, would choose to align themselves with such an unteachable minority.”

Meanwhile, Seyilaw has expressed his disappointment at 2face’s decision to opt out of the planned rally.

Seyilaw said though he understood 2face’s concern, he was not deterred and “God knows I will still be at the stadium tomorrow whether people gather there or not.

“I have a right to be at the stadium too,” Seyilaw wrote on his Instagram page on Sunday.

Also, the Enough is Enough group, in a statement on Sunday by its Executive Director, Yemi Adamolekun, insisted that it would participate in the protest, which is scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja, even though 2face, who invited the group to join the protest, had on Saturday night said he was backing out based on security concerns.

Adamolekun said, “2face Idibia (2Baba) informed us late last night that ongoing conversations with security agencies have not allayed his security concerns and so he had decided not to participate in a physical protest. We thanked him for inviting us when he first decided on this protest, and informed him that we believe it is important, despite the risks, to continue with the demands, for the sake of Nigerians who have put their trust in this movement.”

Also, the Deputy Coordinator of NANS in the South-West, Mr. Saheed Afolabi, who spoke with journalists on the telephone on Sunday, said it was good that 2face came up with the idea but his withdrawal from it would not stop those, who had indicated their interest to participate from going ahead with the protest.

However, the Chairman of the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State, Mr. Suleiman Adeniyi, said his group would make its intention on the planned known later.

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