(Watch Video): Civil Society Group To Protest Against Force Vaccination In Edo.
15 Sept, 2021.
A Civil Society Group known as Talakawa parliament has vowed to go on mass protest in Edo if the state government doesn’t revert it’s decision to stop people without Covid-19 vaccination card from accessing public institutions, banks, churches and event centers in the state.
(Watch Video): The civil Society Group made the vow this Wednesday during a press briefing in Benin city, the state capital.
Amongst other issues raised by the leader of the group, Marxist Kola Edokpaiyi, are insecurity, incomplete representation in the state house of assembly, bill to ban open grazing, the judicious use of security vote, empowerment of security agencies with gadgets, revocation of certificate of occupancy of opposition members and construction of street lights.
State workers without vaccination card were bar from gaining access to their offices today, as many of them were seen roaming the streets when they were supposed to be at their duty posts.
The talakawa parliament, further called on the Trade union Congress of Nigeria, TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to Condemn the decision of the state government to forcefully vaccinate workers, as it’s not right to bar workers from work because they haven’t taken their Covid-19 vaccination.
According to Marxist Kola, “my body is my right, even in Europe where the coronavirus is rampant and has killed a lot of people, the people still protested that the government don’t have right to force them to take the Covid-19 vaccine”.
“The governor is very active in coaxing the people to take vaccine but he is not very active in sending the criminal herders that have killed our people away from our forests”.
“We want to use this opportunity to call on the governor of Edo state to respect the court order that restrained him from imposing force vaccination. He should respect the fundamental rights of the people”.
The group added, “The governor should desist forthwith from revoking the certificate of occupancy of those that are opposed to his government. The C of O, has been there for many years and have seen many past governors”.
“The governor of Edo state should as quickly as possible to seal a formal bill to the state assembly, a bill to ban open grazing in agreement with the resolution of the southern governors”.
Speaking further, Marxist urged Obaseki to obey the 1999 constitution, ” the governor of Edo state, should respect section seven of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria by giving order for our local government chairmen and councilors to be elected”.
“The evil done by past Local Government Chairmen is not enough to violate section seven of the 1999 constitution. A petition should be sent to the EFCC to investigate them and any one of them that is wanting should be made to face the full weight of the law”.
“And there should be a substantive chief judge of Edo state judiciary. The state governor should use the security vote judiciously to empower the police, civil defense and our local vigilante and others to security for Edo people”.
Security issue isn’t fully specifically for the federal government, the state government have role to play, the parliamentarians and everyone has role to play to stop the incessant killings and kidnappings on our highways”. He said.