Police  avert  protest as monarch canvases respect for constitution in Osogbo

Police disparse crowd

A combined team of security agencies, on Monday, prevented members of the #RevolutionNow# from organising a protest as planned in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

Policemen dispersing protesters at Olaiya Junction in Osogbo 

Policemen dispersing protesters at Olaiya Junction in Osogbo

The protesters numbering about 30 were halted by the officers of Department of State Security Service and police personnel who had arrived at the popular Olaiya Junction before the protesters could gather.
The group led by one Olawale Adebayo were dispatched just as they prepared to address newsmen on the reason for the protest.
The youths, who were decked in orange berets and handkerchiefs initially disregarded the warnings from the security operatives were teargassed just as the began to sing protest songs.
The crowd were eventually dispersed.
Meanwhile, a traditional ruler, the Oluwo of Iwo land has warned those calling for a  revolution to respect the Nigerian Constitution.
Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi also warned the agitators to be sensitive to the nation’s fragile unity and realise that the moves could cause unrest in the nation.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr Ali Ibrahim stated that  the agitators are unpatriotic, saying, “while a corrective protest is not alien to our democracy… only sore losers are asking for a revolution to destabilise.the nation.”
Describing the call for revolution as ill-timed, Oba Akanbi advised the agitators to utilize their energy positively and complement the current government’s efforts at achieving a better Nigeria.
He also advised the agitators to device constructive means in criticising government and leaders rather than  “an outright condemnation that could invite public unrest.”
“As an aspirant in the last general election, I expect collaboration, fusion and constructive criticisms where necessary.
“I see the mastermind of the revolution as an asset.
“He can be part of the system, if he can’t be, there are better ways of making an impact.
“He should be more tutored, study the situation and respect our togetherness.
“For example, if I contest against someone and lost the contest, should  I because of that shut down his administration because he won the contest?
“No, is that what the opponent does in advanced nations?” the monarch asked.
While appealing to the  Nigerian youths to respect the law, be patriotic and complement leader’s effort’ at achieving Nigeria of our dream’, Oba Akanbi implored the politicians to exercise political maturity in their conducts in order to strengthen the nation’s democracy.
From  Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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