The presidency has questioned the protest staged by the members of the #RevolutionNow who took to the streets in agitation over the ongoing national issues, saying that it’s unnecessary as the government is already addressing the issues the protesters were expressing misgivings about.
Members of the group staged protests in Lagos, Abuja, Osun, and Ondo State on Wednesday demanding more efforts in tackling corruption cases, insecurity, poor services, unemployment, poverty, among others.
The Presidency, through its Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina said that the Buhari administration was finding solutions to the issues, adding that it would be wrong to describe the protest as a revolution but more like a distraction.
“The question I will also ask is: which country in the world does not have those issues? Almost none; particularly at this time and season that the world is passing through. Which country doesn’t have those issues? Those issues are peculiar to every country of the world.“Now, if government is trying and bending over backwards, doing its best to sort out these issues and then you go out with these irritancy and distractions, are you contributing to progress or you are trying to pull progress back?“All these things are being tackled by government. In fact, that is why government exists: to make sure that the quality of life of the people is better. This is one government that has been working assiduously to ensure that life is better for the people.“The larger numbers of Nigerians know and they understand. But the pockets of people that go on this irritating protest, good luck to them. That’s what I will say so that somebody will not say I’m talking down on Nigerians again.”
Adesina described the protests by the #RevolutionNow members as a child’s play and shouldn’t be taken seriously because revolutions are supposed to be a mass thing and not a few persons trying to drag the nation away from the progress it is making.
“Was it really a protest? By my estimation, those seemed like child’s play because protests, by their very nature, are spontaneous things. They are mass things. But this was just a sprinkle of people trying to be funny.“As far as I’m concerned, it’s nothing to be worried about because when you talk of a revolution, it is always a mass thing, not those sprinkles of those 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,” he said.