Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Monday, cautioned aggrieved Nigerians not to throw the country into anarchy.
According to him, it is a treasonable offence to remove a democratically-elected government through any means other than the ballot box or constitutional means.
This comes after former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, was allegedly shot at a rally with some associates at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, on Monday.
The PUNCH reported that the publisher of SaharaReporters was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a police operative in Abuja.
Reacting to the incident, Keyamo noted that the lawful way to change the present government is to vote them out in the next election.
He argued that anything short of that is treasonable and no reasonable government will tolerate such an attempt.
"After long years of turbulent, military govts, Nigerians have agreed to adopt democracy as the best and only form of govt. Any attempt to change a government other than the ballot box or other constitutional means is treasonable no matter how it is packaged in some sentimental jargon.
"All arguments against a govt should be geared towards persuading the citizens to vote against it at the next polls or invoking constitutional provisions through democratic institutions. Any shortcut outside these is an invitation to anarchy and no reasonable govt will tolerate it," Keyamo wrote.