Yesterday, protesters led by comrade Deji Adeyanju took to the National Human Rights Commission office in Abuja to demand justice and quick release of Sowore. It was reported that anti protesters attacked Deji Adeyanju and his fellow.
Fani-Kayode, giving details on the incident, said Deji was attacked by a 150-strong crowd of young, wild drug-crazed almajiris shouting “Sai Baba” which left him unconscious.
Speaking on the development, Atiku on his Twitter page utterly condemned the act meted on Adeyanju, calling for those responsible for the attack to be brought to book.
Atiku further advised the current administration to protect those with contrary views, adding that “without rule of law, there can be no rule at all.” He wrote;
“Like I said before, without rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Govt must be seen to be working to protect those who hold contrary views. As such, perpetrators of the brutality against the activist, Deji Adeyanju must be brought to book. Their act stands condemned.”
The APC has also reacted to the incident, saying;
“This incident stands condemned by our party”, said Lanre Issa Onilu, the party’s publicity secretary, in a statement Tuesday, December 24
” As the governing party, we recognise the inalienable rights of people, groups, including political parties to gather or carry out protest by themselves or through proxies within the ambit of the laws. We do not subscribe to a situation where such protests become chaotic or different protesting groups turn on one another, causing avoidable injuries. Such is clearly unacceptable to our laws and it is against the principled stance of our government.
“While we recognise the fundamental liberties of citizens to freely express their views through lawful means, we cannot as a government allow excesses and irresponsible acts. No group or individual has a right to torment the public or display any act of intolerance to other people’s views”, APC said.