Crush, Jail Dissenters, Ur Forcing People to Take Road of Violence – Shehu Sani Tells FG

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By: Joy Odor/AbujaThe former Senator, Senator Shehu Sani has warned the Federal Government and security agencies that if they crush dissent and jail dissenters, they are forcing people to take the road of violence and urged them to refrain from attacking and preventing Nigeria Protesters.According to him, government would be compelling Nigerians who are desirous of engaging in peaceful and legal protest to resort to violent activities.Speaking at an interactive with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Correspondents Chapel in Abuja at the weekend, Senator Sani said to protect the nations democracy, the government must respect the rule of law and fundamental human rights.”If people are desirous of protecting and defending their freedom through peaceful protest, the government has the constitutional responsibility to protect their rights to express their feelings through protests.” If you crush dissent and jail dissenters, you are forcing people to take the road of violence. He said”The former Senator noted that to protect the democracy, there is need for the government to respect the rule of law while State apparatus must not engage in indiscriminate arrest of people for expressing their opinionHe said by using force to crush dissent from ordinary Nigerians, they are inviting people to take up the vigilante option in terms of defending themselves.Speaking on the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Sani said it is condemnable, but a wake up call to each and everyone if the state makes it impossible for people to expressed their opinion legally, peacefully and legitimately, it is pushing the people to be monsters rather than protesters.The former lawmaker lamented that people in authority are becoming less tolerant of criticism, saying it is repugnant and unfortunate that two decades after the receipt restoration of democracy, the people in position of power are still intolerant to criticism and dissent.”Lest we forget that this democracy is a product of protest; at sometimes, open rebellion and dissent against the military dictatorship. So we can properly say that this democracy is a product of that conscientious objection and denunciation of the system that held us to ransom as a nation for decades under military junta” He stressed.

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