The Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately order the withdrawal of soldiers on the streets of Lagos.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Mr. Fashols Fashola said democracy allows for freedom to protest against unpopular government policies and Lagosians have not broken any law as they go about protesting by singing and dancing in various locations in the state to register their displeasure over the increase in the pump price of petrol.
“This is not justification for sending out soldiers to a gathering of unarmed citizens, Mr. Fashola said. “Every one of us or at least majority of us who hold public office danced and sang before these same people when we were seeking their votes, Why should we feel irritated when they sing and dance in protest against what we have done?”
The governor therefore called on the president to reconsider his decision to deploy soldiers to the streets of the state.
“I therefore urge the reconsideration of the decision to deploy soldiers and implore the President and Commander-in-Chief to direct their withdrawal from our streets.”
Fashola also paid tribute to Ademola Aderinto who lost his life after he was shot by a police officer during the protest and pledged to ensure that the police officer face the full wrath of the law.
“I am truly saddened by that ugly development. While I condole with his family, I pledge the commitment of our Government to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice.” the governor said.