Nigerians React As Buhari’s Aide Describes #RevolutionNow Protests As “Irritating”

Femi Adesina OnoBello

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.

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