Members of civil society organisations and students on Monday hit major streets in Edo State to express their displeasure over the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination policy put in place by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.
The protesters carried placards bearing inscriptions as ‘We need security in Edo, not vaccine’; ‘We will resist any form of executive rascality’; ‘Hunger is killing us, not COVID-19’; ‘Obaseki obey court order’; ‘My body is my right’; ‘Share COVID-19 palliative’.
They said that their protest on Monday was just a warning as they threatened to completely shut down government houses, government agencies/parastatals, corporate organisations enforcing ‘no vaccine, no entry’ policies.
Speaking on the situation, the Coordinator of the Freedom Ambassador Organisation, Curtis Ogbebor said, “We have come out today to send a warning and an advice for him( Obaseki) to urgently withdraw that enforcement order. If he refuses to withdraw that order in 48 hours, we will mobilise to shut down the economy of the state. We cannot fold our arms and watch the act of illegality happen in our state.
“There are issues of urgent concern like security which is enshrined in the constitution that the governor is under the law to secure the lives and properties of its citizenry. But as we speak, the governor is not concern about the security and welfare of the people.
“As of now, no street light is working in Edo State; Benin-Auchi Road is not safe to travel on because of bandits, and and other criminal elements.”