Presidency Mocks RevolutionNow Protesters After Arresting Its Convener
After muscling protesters and promoters of #RevolutionNow, the Nigeria Presidency on Monday mocked them, saying Nigerians have ignored their call for revolution.
The President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said in a statement that the unsuccessful protest was an indication that Nigerians would not allow the government to be undermined.
“Today, millions of Nigerians went about their businesses: work, seeking employment, attending school/college and caring for their families. By doing so, the millions defended our country’s hard-won democratic rights – by ignoring calls on social media to join a phantom ‘revolution’,’’ he said.
“There were a few hundred persons today who, for their own reasons, decided to act upon the demands of a group calling itself Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, which went on social media to ask everyday Nigerians to overthrow the government they only elected some six months ago.’
“The president is humbled by the support – not for himself, or the governing party – but for the democratic values of modern-day Nigeria through the wisdom of those millions of citizens who preferred democracy and decided not to undermine an elected government.’’
The DSS arrested the convener of the protest, Omoyele Sowore on early hour of Saturday in Lagos State.
The Federal government through the DSS and the Nigeria police threatened any Nigerian who would join the protest with treason.
Many of the defiant who gathered at the National Stadium in Surulere were arrested, teargassed and molested.
But Shehu said Nigerians showed unity when they refused to join the protest, adding that their actions protected democracy.
“Today, joining those millions of Nigerians was not only the president and governing party at the federal level, but many state governments from the opposition, trade unions, civil society organisations, media and NGOs with focus on freedom of speech. All have, rightly, united in protecting Nigeria’s young democracy and the rights of all to elect leaders and lawmakers,’’ he said.
“The Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’s attempt to incite citizens into a revolution against their own democratic rights and interests has failed – as will all attempts to take away from the people their hard-won rights and freedom to choose who leads their country.’’