The Buhari Media Organisation has criticised Nobel Laurate, Prof Wole Soyinka, and Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana (SAN), for their comments over the Federal Government’s handling of the ‘#RevolutionNow’ protests.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the group accused the duo of encouraging a move it said was capable of causing violence in the country.
The statement said, “We are constrained to call on those backing the action of this group like Prof Soyinka and Femi Falana to retrace their steps as it is capable of emboldening other people with such violent inclinations.
“We note with satisfaction that the Federal Government has taken the appropriate steps towards stopping these misguided elements from instigating a violent overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government.
“There is a constitutional means of changing governments in Nigeria, and as a country we recently held democratic elections at both the state and federal levels. Therefore, there is no basis for any group of people to seek other means of changing a sitting and legally-constituted government.
“Perhaps we need to remind Prof Soyinka and his co-travellers that the security agencies do not usually go out of their way to arrest people except in situations where there is glaring evidence that such people, through their actions or utterances, pose inherent risks to the unity and corporate existence of the country.”
The BMO urged Soyinka, Falana and others to note that the Department of State Services had established a link between Sowore and some foreigners, as well as “some Nigerians bent on causing disaffection in Nigeria with intent to benefit from the conflagration that may arise therefrom.”
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