Why govt may stop Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos – Sagay

July 2, 2021
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LAGOS – Professor Itse Sagay SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), on Friday the Lagos state government and the security agencies may stop tomorrow’s Yoruba nation rally if they feel the security of the country and people’s lives will be endangered.

Despite police warning that no rally is allowed in the state on Saturday, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has said that the rally scheduled to hold in Lagos State on Saturday will go on as scheduled.

The group, which is headed by a renowned historian and Second Republic Member of the Nigerian Senate, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, said is the duty of the police to ensure the rally is not hijacked by hoodlums.

Also, Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) whose residence was raided by security agencies on Thursday had also insisted that the rally will go ahead as planned

Speaking with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Sagay said while the constitution permits rallies, the government can stop it if it will cause harm to people or lead to breach of security.

He said: “As a country, we have a culture and constitution which permit rights of freedom, free speeches, rallies and so on. That aspect will definitely support Sunday Igboho’s attempt.

“But we also have a superior provision which stated that if any of these exercise of rights is going to land the country in a position which is prejudicial to the health of the people of the country, to the security of the nation and other number of things along that line, then this exception will be superior and the exercise of that right can be stopped.

“So, it all depends on the perception of the authorities on the nature of the rally or the likely nature it is going to take. If they feel it is going to result in a breach of security, then they may not allow it to go ahead. But if they don’t feel that way, they may allow it to go ahead as it is allowed under the constitution” he said.

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