Some human rights activists on Monday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, began peaceful protests kicking against rising insecurity in the country.
The human rights crusaders, led by a human rights lawyer, Comrade Femi Aborisade, noted that current occurrences in the country have shown that governance has totally collapsed in the country.
Aborisade addressed journalists during the peaceful protest, where the protesters marched to some major streets in Ibadan.
He insisted that those who are in power have broken the social contract between the people and the political office holders.
He said that a section of the constitution provided that the main duty of government is to provide security and welfare for the people.
Aborisade insisted that the citizens have the right to protest peacefully in a situation when those who are in power are not performing their duties.
Speaking further, he maintained that the present occurrences in the country necessitated the peaceful protest which began in Ibadan on Monday.
“Governance has totally collapsed in Nigeria. There is a social contract between those who were elected and the people. That contract is that the government has a duty to provide welfare and security for the people.
“The government has failed totally in providing welfare and security for the citizens. Only yesterday, in Niger State, not less than 200 students were kidnapped,” he said.
“This is apart from other students that have been kidnapped. The Chibok girl, Leah Sharibu, is still in captivity. On a regular basis, Nigerians are being slaughtered like animals.
“And the government is unable to do anything, Nigerian government appears helpless, so Nigerians are tired of this state of insecurity.
“The constitution provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the main purpose of the government. Government has failed in observing section 14 (2) b of the constitution.
“Under the same constitution, we are given the right that once the government fails to provide security and welfare for the people, we have the right to gather peacefully as we are doing to protest against the collapse of the system in Nigeria.
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