The Presidency reacting to the protests by members of the #RevolutionNow movement in some parts of the country, has described it as a child’s play by a sprinkle of people trying to be funny.
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, who spoke during his appearance on Sunrise Daily on Thursday, a Channels TV’s programme, wondered if what happened was a protest, as according to him, it was nothing to worry about.
“Well, was it really a protest? By my estimation, that just seemed like a child’s play because protests by their very nature are spontaneous things; they are mass things.
“I just saw a sprinkle of people trying to be funny. As far as I am concerned, it is nothing to worry about because when you talk of a revolution, a revolution is always a mass thing.
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“Not the sprinkle of young boys and girls you saw yesterday in different parts of the country. I think it was just a funny thing to call it a protest and a revolution protest,” Adesina said on the Channels TV’s breakfast programme.
Some Nigerian youths who gathered #RevolutionNow agitators had taken to the streets in selected areas of Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Osogbo, among other parts of Nigeria, in protest to demand the resignation of the present President Buhari-government.
According to the protesters, the demonstrations became necessary as they claimed the government had failed to tackle the security challenges in the country and the rising unemployment cases, causing many youths to be left unemployed.
But in his reaction, Adesina insisted that there was never a revolution march and the action of the youths was a mere child’s play.
But to Adesina, a revolution is not what a few gathering of people hold against a government, as such should attract a mass participation of people.
He believed those who came out in protest could not be taken as a serious set of people whose voices represented that of the generality of Nigerians, as he said the government had lived up to its responsibilities.
“Revolution is something that turns the normal order; what happened yesterday, would you call it a revolution? It was just an irritation; it was just an irritation and some people want to cause irritation in the country.
“What I will say is that when things boil over, they boil over because you continue to heat them. So, Nigerians need to know that the country we get is what we used our own hands to build,” Adesina said.