Talakawa Parliament (TP), a civil society organisation, on Wednesday called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to prevail on the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki to rescind on his no vaccination, no entry into public places policy for the interest of peace and tranquility in the state.
As at Wednesday morning, the ‘no vanccine, no entry to large gathering’ police by the state government had commenced as civil servants were compelled to provide their vaccination proof at the entrance of the secretariat, as those who could not provide such proof were sent back home.
President of the group, Marxist Kola Edokpayi, who made the call in Benin City while speaking on sundry issues in the state, said the country has gone beyond the era of autocracy, hence people should be allowed to make informed decisions on their own.
“Let me decide whether to take the vaccine or not and not the governor to force it on me.
“This government is fast deteriorating into a full blown totalitarianism of which people like us will certainly resist.
“As civil society group in Edo State, we are meeting, we will meet today and we are going to come out with massive protest to protest this forceful vaccination”, he said.
He continues, “I want to use this opportunity to call on the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to raise in condemnation of this act.
“Let those who want to take vaccine take vaccine and leave those who are saying no to it be.
“Even in America where the coronavirus kills people like flies, the people came out to say that the government cannot force them to take vaccine”, he said.
Comrade Edokpayi said the Governor should lead by example by obeying the Port Harcourt High Court order which asked him to maintain status quo on the compulsory vaccination of citizens in the state rather than promoting what is seen to be as selective justice.
“Just that the governor is taken us back to the dark days of the apartheid in South Africa where as a black South African, you have to move with your pass to the extent that South Africans came out to protest against that introduction of pass.
“This is what the governor is doing. Why will he be infringing on the fundamental human rights of citizens, taking into perspective that there is a court order restraining the governor from that forceful vaccination, we expected the governor as a product of the court order, to respect court order.
“He cannot be seeing respecting court order that favours him and disobey court order that didn’t favour him”, he said.