Police Disrupt We the People’s Independence Day Protest on Bad Governance, Insecurity
To commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, We the People on October 1st, 2020, participated in a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt aimed at calling the attention of the country’s leadership to bad governance, poorly implemented policies, insecurity and killings in the country and the general decline of development indicators in the country. Unfortunately, the protesters numbering in hundreds who were heading to the Rivers State Government House to deliver a petition, were barricaded by a team of police officers numbering over 100.
Faced with this repression, the protesters however used the opportunity to remark on the state of the nation and the different challenges including increasing cost of living, declining economic conditions, higher electricity tariffs, extrajudicial killings, insecurity in the North-East of Nigeria, mass killings in Southern Kaduna Killings, police brutality, extreme poverty, anti-people policies and other societal ills caused by bad governance and poor leadership.
We the People called the attention of the government to atrocious killings going on in Rivers state, the Niger Delta and other parts of Nigeria, citing the recent murder of 20-year Chibuike Ikeaguchi aka Sleek by some police officers in Rivers State. Attention was also drawn to the number of out-of-school children in the country, the increasing rate of unemployment, the low rate of life expectancy and other development indicators where Nigeria has fared badly.
We the People used the opportunity to reiterated commitment to continue to protest, demand, and agitate for the rights, welfare and betterment of every Nigerian.