Welcome to NairaPark (NP)

It's possible to achieve your sales target through NairaPark. Learn How »

Don't miss Daily Updates


Keep me posted

Member Login

Lost your password?

NairaPark Statistics

45,100 Members    |    173 Online
Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 Male  Female  Terms
Nigerian News » Politics


Protesters, please stop blocking the highways

Posted 1 wk, 1 day ago
EVERYDAY there are scores of protests all over the country. Most of them are targeted at governments for failure to fulfill expectations or promises. Citizens stage them to draw public attention and sympathy to their plight. On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, distraught pensioners of the defunct Nigeria Airways, after a rally at the Skypower field at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, blocked  adjoining highways in a protest to get the Federal Ministry of Finance to release the N45 billion approved by the Federal Executive Council to offset part of their N78 billion pension. Their activity precipitated traffic jams that took hours to clear.

On the same day in Yenagoa and Kolokuma-Opokuma, Bayelsa State, protesters calling for the sack of the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh, also blocked roads and grounded commercial activities, thus creating nightmares for travellers.

Protesters have made an unsavoury habit of blocking public highways as a means of drawing public attention and support in all parts of the country. In so doing, they subject fellow citizens struggling to meet their daily needs to untold and unnecessary hardship. As many of these road blockages last for hours, they end up disrupting the plans of those travelling long distances for scheduled appointments.

Road blockages are illegal, unnecessary and totally undesirable. When protesters block public thoroughfares, their activities become unlawful because in the pursuit of their legitimate rights to public assembly and association they disrupt other citizens’ right to free movement and freedom from harassment. It also amounts to the transfer of aggression to innocent people who have no hand in the subject matter that precipitated the protests. Once this happens, the law enforcement agents have a duty to crack down on the protesters, bring them to justice and reopen the highways.

We acknowledge the need for protesters to make their grievances public because public opinion helps in forcing slumbering government officials to sit up and do their work. It can still be done without blocking the highways. Placard-carriers can line up on both sides of the roads and make even a bigger impact because their presence will not bring anyone discomfort or pain.

We must be reminded that in pressing for our rights we must not at the same time trample on the rights of other people. Protesters should do their homework before hitting the roads. They should consult their lawyers and seek the technical advice of civil society groups on the most effective ways of conducting their protests without harming other members of the public.

Bulk SMS Business in Nigeria - Get a Bulk SMS Reseller Plan

Own a Bulk SMS Website that sends bulk sms to DND and NON-DND Numbers Reseller as you become an SMS Gateway Provider. Enjoy Cheap Bulk SMS, Free Domain and Hosting, Branded Apps, Recharge Voucher, Online Payment and lots more. Call/Whatsapp 08160266850.
You might also like:
Boko Haram leader, Shekau escapes arrest by Nigerian Army

The leader of insurgent group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has again escaped from being captured by men of the Nigerian Army. According to the BBC,...

Kaduna govt insane, desperate for demolishing APC secretariat – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central has reacted to the demolition of the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Kaduna. The lawmaker...

Nigerian Army declares war on ‘criminals’ with launch of Operate Cat Race in Benue

The Nigerian Army has officially flagged off the Operation Cat Race (Ayem Akpatuma) in Benue State. Launching the exercise on Tuesday, the Chief of...

Full text of What Buhari said in Adamawa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said Nigeria will win the war against corruption if citizens join hands to fight the challenge. This is...

Igbos will boycott companies that denigrate them – Ohanaeze blows hot

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has ?condemned the trial of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Innoson? ?Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma?. The group...

Outsourced Credit Control, Cash Flow, Debt Collection, Track and Trace, Loan Collection


Bulk SMS Widget
Type your message:
Schedule Message
Own an attractive Website along with Free Web Hosting, Domain Registration, Search Engine Submission and unlimited Email Accounts. Start Now »
73 Kobo Bulk SMS Service
Signup on NairaPark NairaPark © 2010 - 2018 - All rights reserved. Signin to NairaPark
NairaPark © 2010 - 2018 - All rights reserved.

[x] Close

Not a Member? Sign Up!

 Male  Female  Terms

Already Registered? Sign In!


Forgot Password? Reset Now!