This comes as very very bad, but not entirely surprising news. #BringBackOurGirls protests banned in Abuja because it could lead to a “breakdown in law and order”. Na so.
Commissioner of Police in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mbu Joseph Mbu has announced a ban on protests within Nigeria’s capital city advocating the release of the girls kidnapped in April by members of the Boko Haram sect.
A press statement issued by the controversial police officer, which announced the ban, said it was necessitated by series of protests, rallies and demonstrations and counter demonstrations organized by groups and individuals over the abduction.
The ban on the rallies followed series of attempt by the Nigerian government to create a fake group of protesters that shifted the blame of the missing girls from the government to the kidnappers, Boko Haram.
“Please note that the Police has not banned all protests and rallies in Abuja. No”, he said. “What was banned is the #BringBackOurGirls protest; and it was banned in order to forestall breakdown of law and order in Abuja”.
The ban immediately attracted heavy public criticism, with former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, who is one of the leading faces in the campaign, accusing Mbu of a lack of sympathy for the abducted girls because his daughter was not involved.
“If Mbu’s daughter was one of 200 daughters of Nigeria held captive by terrorists and we came out to stand for their cause, would he do this”? Ezekwesili queried on her Twitter page.
“What Commissioner Mbu should do is reprimand their sponsored thugs who attacked us, women, at our peaceful gathering.
“He can. He hired them. When their thugs attacked us while Mbu’s policemen stood aloof, we refused to engage with their gutter conduct. We figured this was their plot. Predictably, Mbu has proven by his latest ill-advised statement of repression of citizens rights that he and his bosses hired those thugs”.
Source: Sahara Reporters