Is it right for government to prevent Nigerians from carrying out protests over insecurity?

Yinka Rotimi

Yinka Rotimi
Ekiti

It is not right. It is the sole duty of the government to provide security for its citizens. Every citizen has his/her fundamental right as written in the Constitution. The situation of the country pertaining to insecurity has gotten really bad and out of control. The issue of security should be overhaul; Nigerians are fed up of the insecurity. It is high time for the government to make all security officers known publicly because so many people are dressed in security outfit and impersonation is now the order of the day in the country. I feel the Service Chiefs should let us know all the names and pictures of all officers according to their different outfits on the pages of Newspaper. Also, I want to urge the Presidency to allow State/Community Police effective as it would help reduce crime.

 

 

Ufuoma

Ufuoma
Lagos

No. The protest is a way to sensitize people and task the Federal Government to do the needful because the rate of insecurity in the country is alarming. There is need for an overhaul of Nigeria’s security infrastructure. The killings and kidnappings should stop and the Federal Government should get to the root of the killings to ensure the safety of lives and property as a whole. Insecurity should not be tolerated in the country and it cannot be overlooked. It is high time we understand that every life is important and valuable.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsley

Kingsley
Abeokuta

It is not right because in other countries, you see citizens fighting for their rights. For instance, what do people in a democratic society do when they can’t take the suffering caused by ineffective government policies? They will decide to march peacefully in protest. Not just occasionally, but relentlessly, daily, weekly, for years, for as long as it takes them to completely address their grievances and sufferings and they take their marches to the government house. These are the people who can force government to act. I feel protest seems to be the only reasonable way for the government to listen to the plight of the people.

 

 

 

Tope Akinrole

Tope Akinrole
Osun

I do not think government have the right to stop anyone from protesting over insecurity because this issue is based on everybody’s live. The government can only stop a protest when it is against the constitution. For instance, the Revolution protest which was carried out recently. This kind of protest cannot take place because it will cause havoc in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benedict

Benedict
Lagos

It is not right in the sense that you can’t beat a baby and expect the baby not to cry. I want you to know that when people are not comfortable with policies that are not friendly, citizens won’t be able to cope and then people cry out for injustice. I do not think it is right for government to stop people from airing out their views on what does not work for them. Due to the state of our country now, I feel the government should allow different States to come up with their security vices in order to protect lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Tony John

Tony John
Owerri

It is not right because every citizen has the right to speak and fight for what is wrong. It can only be prevented by the government if the protesters are carrying arms. I think it is time for the government to sack any Service Chief that is not carrying out his job as expected and put competent and effective person there because truth is, the government is responsible for the lives and welfare of her citizens. Nigeria has to be fully secured to function. Due to insecurity, no investor would want to come into our country to establish their businesses to help our country grow.

 

 

 

 

 

ola

Ola
Lagos

No it is not right. People have the right to express their feelings because we are in a democracy regime. So many absurd things are happening everyday and the government is not doing anything about it. I will suggest that the tactics the security officers are using need to be improved on, this is technology age and so we need to follow the trend for our country to be well secured. If the government have to employ more officers and also send our Service Chiefs for training outside the country to learn more, then the government should do that to save citizens lives.

 

 

 

 

Adesola Banu

Adesola Banu
Apapa

By virtue of certain provisions in the 1999 constitution, Nigerians have right to freedom of association, movement, and protection and so on. It is the duty of the Federal Government to protect lives of the citizens and when they fail to, Nigerians have the right to come out to protest peacefully for the security of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuks Obuh

Chuks Obuh
Delta

The truth of the matter is the Nigerian government in its entirety has failed in the area of security of lives and properties. There have been incessant killings everyday and it has become worst than ever. I can remember during the last administration, the government was criticized for been incompetent in tackling insecurity and that was part of the reason they were not voted for during the election. This present administration has spent a lot tackling insecurity and yet no improvement. I must say that insurgency has consumed this administration and by virtue of Section 40 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, every Nigerian citizen have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. The government has no power and it is most unconstitutional for the government to prevent the citizens from protesting. I feel the government should get competent hands to handle the security affairs of the country and allocate more funds for security in the interim.

 

Abiye Ogoye

Abiye Ogoye
Lagos

It is not right. The protest comes up from the inaction of the government in power to stem the issue of insecurity in the country and that is indictment on their part. It is not surprising that the government want to suppress the protest indicting them for failure to perform their duty. It goes contrary to the Constitution. A peaceful protest should be allowed to be carried out. I urge the government to also allow State Police for effective security of lives and properties of the citizens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ngozi Jude
Anambra

Government does not have the right whatsoever to prevent Nigerians from carrying out a peaceful protest against insecurity in the country because rampant killings have been going on for a long time and the government is not doing anything about it. It is the right of the citizens to fight for themselves when they see the government is not doing what they want. For instance, women can go naked and protest to Aso Rock for the government to see the agony Nigerians are passing through. I would say going by Section 40 of the Constitution as amended, citizens have freedom of movement, speak for themselves when things are not going right. I urge the government to act as fast as they can because all we need now is action and not just words.

 

 

 

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