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Friday, 16 October 2020

Attempt By FCTA to Ban Protest in Abuja is Unacceptable - MSA

The Movement for A Socialist Alternative (MSA) has condemned the declaration by the FCTA security Committee banning the #EndSARS protests rocking the city.

According to the FCT security committee, the ongoing protests "endanger"  the lives of everyone in the capital city as a result of the non compliance to Covid-19 safety principles and therefore should be banned. 

However, a statement signed by the FCT coordinator of the Movement for a Socialist Alternative MSA, Sadare Dimeji Macaulay said his organisation condemned the declaration by the FCTA security Committee to ban the #EndSARS protests.

He said the move is hypocritical and  contradicts the Rights to protest, association and thoughts, which the supreme law of the land, Nigeria's constitution, has granted every citizen of the country.

Macaulay said the MSA-Abuja Branch, commends the resilience that young people have displayed so far in the last eight days and charged them to disregard the statement from the FCT authorities and fight on for the liberation of the common man. 

The MSA said the same FCT security committee did not lift a finger during the apparent breach of Covid-19 protocols at the burial ceremony of Mr Aba Kyari, Former Chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari which was held at Gudu cementry on April 18, 2020. 

The group said other top officials of the government that disregarded the so-called Covid-19 protocol to attend Kyari's burial were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. 
The statement added that the political class freely held election rallies in Edo and Ondo states, with thousands of their supporters, including politicians, unconcerned about Covid-19. 

"Nigerians should not get it twisted; the 'ban' on protests in the FCT due to Covid-19 is a ploy to clamp down on protesters that have been peaceful in the face of the organised provocations by the military and state-sponsored thugs. We condemn the attacks on protesters by the military and police and reject this attempt to provide justification for such dehumanising treatment of citizens that are fighting to end just that. 

"We call on the security forces to disobey orders that require them to clamp down on this protest. The #EndSARS movement among other issues of good governance is also raising demands for dignifying wages for the military and police rank and file. 

"The era when the officers corps enjoy luxury and the rank and file live in poverty must end. This is the reason why the rank and file must see this movement as a struggle to rebuild this country for themselves and the common people.

"We call on all #EndSARS protesters to continue protests until all their demands are met in the same resolute manner they have conducted the movement so far. The movement must equally continue to emphasize, against the misinformation campaign of the Buhari government, that the struggle is beyond SARS as a police unit, but about every element in society that exploits, oppresses and undermine the happiness of the people" the statement concluded.

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