Veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, RMD, has described the arrest of Mr. Macaroni and EndSARs protesters as a shame.
Earlier, that police operative deployed to Lekki toll gate had arrested some protesters, including Nigerian Instagram comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni.
The protest was instigated after Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the End SARS granted the Lekki Concession Company, LCC, permission to reopen the Lekki toll gate.
The toll gate was closed after the October 2020 incident that led to some End SARS protesters’ killings.
RMD, in a post on his Instagram page on Saturday, said there is a huge problem in Nigeria if the government fails to recognize the right of citizens to protest in a democratic nation.
His post read: “I will not dignify the police by reposting the video meant to dehumanize and rubbish @mrmacaroni1 and other protesters, no I would not.
“I will not celebrate the brokenness of our society or the misplaced priorities of this government. The shame of our country is too damaging.”
The actor, while calling for an end to bad governance in Nigeria, warned that no matter how the government tries to justify its action, you cannot ‘Outlaw peaceful protesters’
“You can NOT OUTLAW PEACEFUL PROTESTS NO MATTER HOW YOU TRY TO SPIN IT!!!
“There is a reason it’s called a democracy, and if you don’t understand that reason, then we have a huge problem,” his post read.