Tuesday, 15 January 2019

You Don’t Have Power To Ban Free Movement, KMC Tell Kwara Governor

Leading Pro-Democracy group in Kwara State, Kwara Must Change (KMC) has urged Kwarans to continue to exercise their democratic rights of freedom of association and movement as contained in the constitution of the country.

The group rejected ban of free movement and street rally by the Kwara State government as pronounced by Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed earlier today.

Kwara Must Change, in a statement by its state coordinator, Comrade Yusuf Olatunji stated that, freedom of movement is a constitutional right that cannot be taken away by any individual or government.

According to Yusuf, Chapter 4, Section 41 of the Nigerian constitution guarantees every Nigerian the right to associate and move freely and that free movement; include the right to hold rallies.

Kwara Must Change maintained that, the right to free movement is not only protected in the Nigerian constitution, it is also a universal right coded in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and as such, cannot be taken away by any state.

‘’While we encourage the state government to take decisive actions against those who violate any law, we are of the views that, acting with impunity, by attempting to take away people’s right through the back door shall not be acceptable''.

''We will support any government action to stop further violence in the state, but such action must be in line with the Nigerian constitution'', it said.

The group therefore urged the state government to resist the temptation of playing politics with the lives of Kwarans

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