The Federal Government of Nigeria has said protesting students who blocked a busy section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were “violating” the law.
Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this while briefing State House correspondents shortly after this week’s Federal Executive Council meeting
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fashola noted that the Nigerian constitution recognises and protects the citizens’ right to public protests but does not empower any Nigerian to “inflict pain and inconvenience on other people.”
The members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS staged a protest which led to a gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, leaving motorists and passengers stranded.
The protest took place just after the Sagamu Interchange section of the expressway, towards Lagos.
Fashola also appealed for more patience from Nigerians saying that there was no alternative route in the already built-up areas.
He said, “Once again, I apologise and empathise with commuters who need that place to get on with their lives. It’s the place we left to be the last, really because it’s the most built-up area, the last six kilometers into Lagos; very densely populated and occupied.
“There’s very little room for alternative routes for people. So, you just have to bear with us.
“I also heard that some aggrieved students under the aegis of NANS are going to the road to protest. My respectful view is that it is not helpful at all to the citizens.