- Many June 12 protesters in Ibadan, Oyo got a pleasant surprise from Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday
- The governor's presence during the protest charged the demonstrators to hail him loudly with obvious joy
- The protesters, most of who were youths, sang the governor's praise as he talked with them with a public address system
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Ibadan - Peaceful June 12 protesters in Ibadan, Oyo state, were thrilled to see Governor Seyi Makinde join them in their rally.
To the surprise and joy of the protesters, Governor Makinde drove to the venue of the event on Saturday, June 12, and addressed them using a megaphone.
Makinde's presence at the rally was seen by many as a clear sign of his solidarity with the demonstrators.
June 12 protest: Lagos state government explains why police used tear gas
In his chat with journalists on Saturday, the senior special assistant on sports to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Anthony Adeyinka, commended officers of the command for their swift response to activities of hoodlums who tried to hijack exercise.
Explaining why the security agents fired tear gas at the venue, Adeyinka said disclosed that while the activists only wanted a peaceful demonstration, the miscreants around attempted to turn the entire affair into chaos.
The governor's aide stated:
"The people were at Ojota peacefully. The activists were addressing themselves that what they want is a peaceful demonstration but the hoodlums, the miscreants as we all know them wanted to hijack the peaceful demonstration but the police rose to that occasion and made sure the thing was put in order."
June 12: Mudashiru Obasa preaches peace, unity
Meanwhile, Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, has congratulated Nigerians on the 28th anniversary of democracy in the country.
Obasa, in a statement made available to Legit.ng, noted that the very fact that citizens have remained together in this system of government reveals their respect and love for a system that ensures freedom and basic human rights.