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Senate condemns attack on anti-Buhari protesters

10 August, 2017, 22:03 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Charly Boy slumps as police dogs attack anti-Buhari protesters

"Resume or resign, Nigerians say enough is enough", one said, with others stating: "If president Buhari can not return to Nigeria after 90 days, then he should resign and go home", and "Buhari, where are you?"

The sit-out held 24 hours after the coalition members were attacked by policemen with water cannons and tear gas canisters at the same venue.

The chairman of the senate committee on media and publicity urged the organizers of the Charlie boy led- protest to join other Nigerians in praying for the safe return of president Buhari for the sake of unity.

Abdullahi said the protest was meant to force the president to resign or terminate his medical vacation.

"The Police personnel intervened at the point that the concerned Nigerians Group lost control of the crowd and prevented miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements from hijacking the protest to cause mayhem and chaos".

The youths from the 19 northern states and Abuja also came down hard on some officials of the presidency whom they accused of not being loyal to the Buhari's presidency.

However, the anti-Buhari protesters were conspicuously missing at the Unity Fountain where they had initially gathered since Monday.

- Urge Police to adopt more democratic measures.

Gujungu accused the northern governors whom he said won election on the back of President Buhari's popularity as not doing enough.

Charly Boy resumed with protesters yesterday despite having been rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after his collapse following tear gas and water cannon shots fired at him by policemen who were alleged to have been aggressive in their efforts to curb the group's activities.

They burst into chants of "four more years".

Adeyanju also slammed the police and criticised those that have condemned the protests, saying that "posterity will be unkind" to them.

The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, in a statement yesterday, said the right to peaceful protest is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

"The unnecessary violence by the police has unwittingly put the discourse of the protesters demands in the public domain".

To this end, the NLC scribe advised the police to respect this fundamental right of citizens to freely assemble and peacefully protest, irrespective of the subject matter of such actions.

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