As Save Nigeria Group, Nigerian Action Alliance, artists, Nollywood, lawyers, students and others prepare to occupy the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos tomorrow, another group of Lagosians is mobilizing to Occupy the Lekki Tollgate in a complementary action.
By SaharaReporters, New York
In a statement, lawyer and activist Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa announced the Lekki action, and also that he filed a court case this morning to seek the withdrawal of the armed soldiers from Lagos.
But he said everyone would not have to go to Ojota tomorrow to make a contribution. “I call on all men and women of good conscience to join me to occupy the Lekki Admiralty Circle Toll Gate on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 7.00 a.m.,” he said. “We will conduct ourselves peacefully as we did on December 17, 2012, in the exercise of our constitutional right to freely assembly and express our opposition to the economic wickedness represented in the tolling policy.”
He noted that Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos has himself issued a strong statement against the action of the federal government of Nigeria asserting the right of Nigerians and Lagosians to assemble and protest.
“I commend the governor, for standing up to defend the rights of the people, except that we have not all forgotten the events of December 17, 2011, when the same governor unleashed thugs and armed policemen against us in Lekki, for daring to express our views against the tolling policy of his administration, which, in my humble view, is indeed worse than fuel subsidy removal,” he said. “I believe that the time is now ripe for us to test the democratic credentials and the integrity of our dear governor.”
He invited everyone to bring as many people as they can. “Bring your mattresses, food, drinks and music systems. Nigeria is our country. If it is right to protest against fuel susbsidy removal, then it is legitimate to reject the toll fee. Together we shall win."
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