By Ibiyemi Mathew
A host of celebrities and Nigerians have reacted to the ban of #EndSARS protests in the Federal capital territory,Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory Security Committee had on Thursday banned #EndSARS protests in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for alleged violation of the COVID-19 protocols.
According to a statement issued by the authorities of the FCTA, it said that it was concerned that despite the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, last Sunday, the demonstrations had continued, causing inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.
The resolutions of the meeting were contained in a statement on Wednesday titled,’COVID-19: FCT Security Committee prohibits street demonstrations,’ signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Mr Anthony Ogunleye.
The meeting which held on Tuesday to review the security situation in the FCT and address identified challenges, was chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as Area Council chairmen.
The statement read, “While the committee recognizes the rights of citizens as regards freedom of association and movement as enshrined in the constitution, it has observed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and manner of demonstrations are in complete violation of the COVID-19 safety protocols which were put in place to safeguard the lives of citizens.
“These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.
Reacting to the ban by the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee, David Adeleke aka Davido argued that campaigns and elections were allowed to take place amidst COVID-19 pandemic, whereas peaceful protests from Nigerian youths would not be allowed.
“Can’t protest but y’all just had campaign rallies and conducted 2 elections recently!!! Do they think?? Wtf I’m ANGRY!!”, he said via his verified twitter handle.