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Maltreatment of protesters undermines values, principles of democracy – Sen. Sani

A former lawmaker representing Kaduna central senatorial district, Shehu Sani says the maltreatment of protesters undermines the values and principles of Nigeria’s democracy.

Sani while reacting to the police clampdown on #RevolutionNow movement protesters across the country on Monday, added that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, as progressives shouldn’t have been afraid of revolution.

Many Nigerians who trooped out in various states to participate in the protests organised by the movement to “kick against bad governance” in the country were dispersed by the police while some of them were arrested.

Sani reacting to the clampdown in a statement said the reported maltreatment of protesters undermines the values and principles of Nigeria’s democracy.

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The senator said such treatment is endangering the nation’s democracy which he said is a product of the “culture and history of protest.”

“It is ironic that the very political class that the people to a stream of protest when they were in the opposition have now resorted to undermining and crippling the very democratic instruments they once so cherished,” he said.

“The protester is the pillar and the beam of democracy. The fear of revolution is the beginning of the revolution. he protester is the pillar and the beam of democracy. A political class that calls itself progressive should have no fear of Revolution.”

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