A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome has reacted to the Federal Government's action through the Central Bank Of Nigeria in freezing the #EndSARS promoters account.
As the blasting of the FG and the Apex bank continues, the SAN described the accusation of the promoters as terrorists, an insensitive and unconstitutional approach, adding that the government can do anything just to prosecute someone.
He said he was surprised the CBN could make such accusation in applying for a court order to freeze the account, noting that the peaceful Nigerian protest is 'constitutionally entitled' under the Nigerian constitution
He stated, “Who is saying that peaceful protests on the streets of Nigeria by Nigerians, who are constitutionally entitled under sections 37 and 38 of the Constitution to protest, to assemble, to associate, to move freely, to kick against bad government policies, to demonstrate on the streets peacefully, to sing, to dance and to hold rally, are terrorism? Who is the person saying that these amount to terrorism? What can this government not do to give a dog a bad name so as to hang it?
He however explained who the real terrorists are, “So, the government does not know that the herdsmen are the real terrorists? The government does not know that Boko Haram members are the real terrorists? The government does not know that the rampaging kidnappers are the real terrorists? The government does not know that the bandits are the real terrorists? The government does not know that the bandits are the real terrorists? The government does not know that those in government stealing the commonwealth belonging to the people are the real terrorists?, he asked.
“It is insensitive; it is immoral; it is illegal; it is unconstitutional; it is unlawful; it is wrongful for the government, through CBN or any agency, to tag peaceful protesters as terrorists. It is most unfortunate and saddening.”
The SAN added,“What happens to the various judicial panels of inquiry set up by the various state governments like Edo, Lagos, Ondo, and Ekiti to look into the root causes of these protests and what can be done? The Federal Government is already intimidating the states by already condemning the #EndSARS campaigners by blocking or freezing their accounts and tagging them as terrorists. Do you expect any state government panel to come with views that run contrary to the views of the government of Muhammadu Buhari?”