Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), says for Nigeria to attain parity with older and more established democracies, the country must accept protests as part of its national development.
According to him, protest is essential because it lends greater depth to the relationship between government and the governed.
The APC national leader in a statement on Sunday reaffirmed his support for the people and their right to protest peacefully.
“The right to protest should be pacifically exercised and never abused; neither should it be feared nor unduly curtailed.
“The right to protest is more than integral to the democratic setting; it transcends any form of government.
“Because of my strong belief in the right to protest and my adherence to democratic ideals, I was among those who actively protested the annulment of the June 12 election.
“l eagerly joined and sometimes led multitudes who took to the streets to protest the singular injustice of that historic moment,’’ he said.
“We demanded foundation for the youth today to protest and to call to the fore their grievances whenever our social or political institutions fail them in a material way.
“Thus, I cannot not wax nostalgic about pro-democracy protests of the 1990s, yet castigate those who today protest against any form of institutionalized brutality.