The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has been criticized for justifying the clampdown of #RevolutionNow protesters by security agents across the nation on Wednesday.
Adesina, who appeared on Channels Television Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday, said the protest were just an irritation & a distraction. He also stated that if the arrests is considered the best to maintain orderliness in Nigeria, “the government will do whatever is right, whatever is required to maintain peace.”
He said, “Well, was it really a protest? By my estimation, it just seemed like a child’s play because protests by their very nature are spontaneous things, mass things. These are just a sprinkle of people trying to be funny. As far as I am concerned, it is nothing to worry about.
“A revolution is always a mass thing, not a sprinkle of young boys and girls you saw yesterday (Wednesday) in different parts of the country. I think it was just a funny thing to call it a revolution protest.”
When asked if it was right for the Presidency to talk down on young Nigerians for protesting, Adesina remained adamant, insisting that the protests were nothing but irritation and he had a right to his opinion. “In a country of 200 million people and if you see a sprinkle of people saying they are doing a revolution, it was a child’s play,” he said.
When asked if the government determines the seriousness of a protest only by its size, Adesina responded, “Revolution is something that turns the normal order. What happened yesterday, would you call it a revolution? It was just an irritation, just an irritation and some people want to cause irritation in the country and what I will say is when things boil over, they boil over because you continue to heat them.”
“When you see pockets of heating up in the country, eventually they culminate in a boiling over. So, Nigerians need to know that the country we get is what we use our hands to build.”
The president’s spokesman said the issues the protesters were demonstrating about such as insecurity, corruption, poverty, and rights abuse were not peculiar to Nigeria and so the protests were misguided.
See a few reactions from Nigerians below.
One trend I've noticed with Femi Adesina is that he constantly talks down on people when they air their grievances against the government.
We know your job is to paint the government white but he's going about it like a man who has had one half of his brain removed.
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) August 6, 2020
Femi Adesina does not know there’s is life beyond 2023. Posterity will judge him harshly.
— 🌴Your Destiny Helper®🕊🌴 (@AyanfeOfGod) August 6, 2020
Watching Femi Adesina speak can ruin your entire mood for the day.
— Ozor Isaac (@Batiago99) August 6, 2020
I can't really blame Femi Adesina for calling the protest a child's play…
A lot of us were sitting down in our houses wishing,hoping and also praying that.
"NIGERIA go better" reality never dawn on us yet..
NIGERIA can never be better with these old men recycling themselves
— GàLìLéo🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Lucasscot_101) August 6, 2020
I worship oshiomhole in his days as NLC leader, I look at him today and I see a monster,Femi adesina column on back page of the sun was gold, I listen to him today and I cringe. How do people transform from angels to demons so fast? They were never angel right from the onset.
— Alpha D (@SAINTDENIX) August 6, 2020
Femi Adesina a once bright and Intelligent man has been soo ridiculed by Buhari's Govt.
Same with Osibanjo, our once revered Prof.
Buhari's Incompetency is really a curse to this Nation!!!
— Mario (@SankaraofNaija) August 6, 2020
Femi Adesina can make all the noise because he knows the youth will sit at home watch him on TV and latter come to Twitter to rant but will never dare come out for protest.
— UndisputeDChampioN (@JohnAshas) August 6, 2020
The most interesting thing is that when Buhari finally leaves office (very soon), we will struggle to quote him insulting Nigerians.
We will however find numerous quotes from Femi Adesina, Tolu Ogunlesi, Garba Shehu & other senseless slaves who shamelessly defend evil.
— Babasola Kuti (@RealSolaKuti) July 28, 2020
Femi Adesina @FemAdesina is the biggest asswipe since the existence of asswipes . I hope he retires with Buhari after 2023. Coz the future will be unkind to him. We await to play him his tapes. Fxcking cretin. The most educated illiterate of them all he is . Tueh !
— OSHOMAh (@JohnNetworQ) August 6, 2020
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