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Soyinka cautions against clampdown on demonstrators

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Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has once again warned against the use of force to clampdown on citizens, especially when they are exercising their fundamental human rights.

He gave the warning at an event organised on Saturday in Lagos, as part of the activities marking his 85th birthday.

The Nobel Laureate said government institutions should respect the right of Nigerians who wish to deploy demonstrative means to question the policies and programmes of the government.

He decried that the recent attempt by security operatives to stop a pro-democracy gathering in Lagos was a display of intolerance by the government.

Professor Soyinka was one of those scheduled to speak at the symposium organised by a group under the aegis of Coalition for Revolution at the Ikeja area of the state on August 19.

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