Soyinka condemns Police’s plan to stop anti-government protest

The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has thrown his weight behind the planned nation-wide protest to be spear-headed by hip-hop artiste Innocent Tuface Idibia against the federal government’s failure to tackle the many issues militating against the country.
The literary giant also condemned the plan by the Nigerian police to stop the protest scheduled for Monday.
The protest was called by Idibia, to highlight the failure of the current government to tackle several issues facing Nigerians.
After a police threat that it could not guarantee the safety of the protesters and warning to Tuface to cancel the protest, the musician acceded.
He announced on Saturday night that he had cancelled the protest for security reasons. Other organisers like the Enough is Enough, however, say they will proceed with the protest.
In his reaction, Soyinka said, “An unnecessary but important reminder: the battle for the right of lawful assembly of citizens in any cause, conducted peacefully, has been fought and won several times over.”