Nigerians don’t need police permit to organise protests – Senator

FILE PHOTO: Civil society protesting
FILE PHOTO: Civil society protesting

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said popular Nigerian hip-hop artiste, Innocent Idibia, better known as Tuface, does not need any police permit to organise a protest in Nigeria.

He made the assertion while responding to questions from journalists when he received a delegation of National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Federal Health Institutions, NANNMFHI, in Kaduna on Sunday.

The team from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital chapter of the association visited to brief Mr. Sani on their nationwide protest against alleged plight and sufferings of nurses and midwives in the employment of the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH.

Mr. Sani described protests as the fundamental right of citizens.

Tuface on Saturday announced the cancellation of the much-publicised February 6 anti-government protest, citing “security challenges”.

He had called for a nationwide protest against Nigeria’s worsening economic crisis that has seen costs of goods and services skyrocket, with many families struggling to survive.

The planned protest gained traction with several public figures and civil society groups pledging to be part of it on Monday.

The Senator, while reacting to the cancellation of the protest, said “it is by encouraging people to embark on peaceful protests that you can discourage them against taking the option of violence.

“Nobody needs any police permit to organise a protest, you only inform them to provide protection.

“Protest against government does not mean opposition to President Muhmmadu Buhari.”

Mr. Sani said Nigerians spend over two billion dollars yearly on medical tourism in Dubai, United States Europe, Egypt and India, while a fraction of the amount can fix Nigeria’s decaying hospital and take them to international standard.

The association with members drawn from Federal Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and Federal Specialist Hospitals, had embarked on a nationwide protest on February 1  to call attention to deteriorating infrastructure, equipment and non-availability of adequate medical consumables in various health institutions across the country.

Mr. Sani, while reacting to the plight of the nurses lamented that Nigerian leaders who are supposed to fix these problems do not patronise local hospitals.

“Instead they go on medical tourism for medical attention each time they catch an ailment as minor as cold.

“One trillion US dollars was generated on health in the last 50 years, it is shameful that no attention is paid to medical services in Nigeria.

“I came from a culture of protest and I so much believe in it. I encourage all of you (nurses) to pursue your course to a logical conclusion.

“Like I did to doctors, so shall I do to you nurses. I will take you to Abuja to formally present your complaints. If your complaints are not attended to, I will urge you to continue with the protest.

“We have reached a point whereby Egypt cannot pay their medical workers without patronage of Nigerians,” he said.

Jibril Abdulyekeen, leader of the delegation and National Treasurer/Northwest zonal coordinator of the association, said it has exhausted all known labour and legal means on the issues in contention, including the law courts. He said the association got judgement in its favour but that “the power that be refused to obey”.

“We are calling on the President , the Senate, the House of Representatives and Nigerians to prevail on the FMOH , its allies in the Federal Ministry of Labour and the IPPIS Office to do the needful and spare the country another round of industrial crisis.

“Individuals who benefit from the incessant industrial crisis in the health sector should not be allowed to continue to hold the health sector and the good people of this country to ransom,” he said.


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  • Analyst

    Now that Buhari is late, what next?

  • Excisionist

    Their own things always develop K-leg. Were there not all kinds of protest during Jonathan’s government?

    But with the terrorist who is occupying the position of Interior Minister (Danbazau to be exact) the only thing that does not require police permit are Islamic terrorism and devastation by Fulani terrorists (herdsmen). This man in fact supplies arms to them and even provided military helicopters to cover them during the devastation of AGATU in Benue state.

    When the dust clears, there should be no mercy on this terrorist and his family

  • Du Covenant

    That is the mindset of a senator of the Federal Republic, every civilized country grands permits for protests, even racist bigots apply for permits to voice their point of view. What type of country does this senator envisage for Nigeria?. May God help us!…

    • DePrince Hab

      which country do you live ? which country do you see they first apply for permit to Protest ?

      • Du Covenant

        I live in Nigeria and it is the decent thing to do. To protest, demonstrate you name it does not mean you should laws into your hands and do whatever you want. The civilized countries I am talking about are where the rule of law is supreme and the police protects the protesters. The way we do things in our part of the world is too chaotic, for a senator to speak like this makes me loose hope completely for Nigeria.

        • DePrince Hab

          I see the reason why you think they obtain permit to protest in another country since you have never left Nigeria before to see how people protest without government or police consent ,all police have to do is when they see people gathering ,they will be deployed there to maintain law and order ,There is no where in the world you will have to obtain permit please get that straight.

  • Otile

    Utangirma Allahu I am glad the news about Imam’s heath came up otherwise Mumuwole Awosan and his concubine maria will be online insulting me.

  • Odus

    Will the senator be there when all hell break lose and peaceful demonstration turns to killing and destruction of properties. I will be in favor of a well organized protest inside a stadium. (Start and end there).

  • Sunday Oluwafemi Philips

    Nobody requests for protest permit,it is for security protection I led students union.
    Those in support of this hardship will want citizens to go to police that we want to protest tomorrow, how does it sound to you?.
    Stop being slavery to those you’re paying to lead you anymore.