Governor Reads Riot Act to Those Protesting Location of Teaching Hospital in Minna
Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State has read riot act to students and others planning protests against the location of the Teaching Hospital of the Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai in Minna, the state capital
He threatened the arrest of any student of the university and others, who join the planned protests. The Governor also threatened to chase the protesting students and their parents out of Lapai permanently.
He issued the warning on Wednesday during a condolence visit to the emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umaru Tafida, over the death of his brother.
The students had planned a major protests against the decision. In spite of the protests, contracts had been awarded for the project.
He said: “You do not need to threaten anybody in matters of policy and execution; you have misfired at the palace. Your description of the young people as pests is highly unwanted and disrespectful of your citizens.
“Threatening their parents is even the most unwanted of the sessions. Each citizen should bear his own ‘sin’.
“More, they have a right to expression of grievances decently about what is displeasing to them. It is not all that you do that will please all.
“Democracy teaches diversity and dissent. Great leaders are sober, reflective, measured and convincing. In fact, they are never tired of convincing their people unless those who, persistently constitute security risks.”