Citizens Right to Protest
During electioneering, politicians go to the people, listen to them, eat with them, drink “pure” water with them, all in the bid to secure their votes.
After the election and the politicians come to power, they assume lordship over the people. They no longer listen, eat or drink with the common man. They set a psychological boundary; The Government on one side and the people on the other, forgetting that the seats they occupy belong to the people and that they only hold the offices “in trust” for the people.
However, in the course of governance politicians take decisions that affect the people’s lives, some turn out positive while others are negative. Because people in government are also ordinary men and women like the rest of us, imperfect beings, they can make mistakes while the citizen also has the right to give feedbacks in form of criticism, complaints or protests.
This fundamental right of feedback does not in anyway make the citizens enemies of the State, rather responsible citizens performing their civic duties as enshrined in the constitution.
It is therefore in the interest of any responsible government or their representatives to see citizens’ protest or criticism, irrespective of where it is coming from as privileged feedback for positive action.
It is also imperative to note that every citizen has the right to “peaceful” protest and demand good governance and accountability from the political leaders. Because “when citizens fail to talk, the nation begins to fail”.
Be it #IStandWithNigeria, #IStandWith2baba or #IStandWithBuhari remember that “Wherever you stand today will determine where history places you tomorrow. So Be Honourable”.
God bless Nigeria!