Revolution campaigners who gathered on the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Monday, have been forcefully ejected by troopers and policemen, as presidency says days of coups and revolution are over in Nigeria.
EJESGIST learnt that the protesters with the theme “Days Of Rage, Revolution Now” who converged across the stadium as early as 7am today warming up for the controversial protest met a detachment of policemen on the entrance of the stadium.
One protester recognized as Eliaz Ozikpu advised TheCable he was discussing the protest plans with others when safety operatives crossed over the street to fulfill them.
“We were standing here, while they watched us from the other side. Suddenly, they moved on us and said we can’t talk to the press. We weren’t even talking to the press yet. We were addressing ourselves,” he stated.
Unconfirmed experiences additionally confirmed two protesters have been arrested as on the time of this report.
Other protesters, it was gathered, are presently chanting revolution songs and calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the motion who was arrested within the wee hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Presidency has strongly condemned the deliberate nationwide revolution protests which organisers stated is a transfer in opposition to unhealthy governance within the nation.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated there’s a distinction between “peaceful protest and incitement to revolution”.
According to him, the organisation championing the deliberate protest, “TakeItBack Movement”, just isn’t backed by any” critical public face”, difficult them to make their identification identified in order that Nigerians can know who the beneficiaries of the motion could also be.
Shehu stated President Muhammadu Buhari received the election “resoundingly”, including that the “ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government”.
“Following calls circulating on social and digital media, an organisation that calls itself the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’ plans a ‘revolution’ march tomorrow, Monday 5th August, with the aim of bringing ‘regime change’ in Nigeria without recourse to a nationwide vote, ” the statement learn.
“The President of Nigeria and his administration respect and uphold the correct of each Nigerian to peaceable protest and civil marketing campaign– whether or not to boost consciousness on points, and even oppose the federal government. The organisation championing this deliberate motion just isn’t fronted by any critical public faces.
“We name on the sponsors and organisers to have the decency to return ahead and make their identification identified – out of respect to all Nigerians – in order that Nigerians might be totally conscious in whose identify this ‘revolution’ is being proposed and who the beneficiaries could also be.
“Less than six months in the past, Nigeria held simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Both contests had been received resoundingly by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All-Progressives Congress social gathering. The marketing campaign was noticed, and outcomes had been confirmed by worldwide election monitoring teams and observers. The outcome was even contested by the dropping presidential candidate and his social gathering in court.
“The ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria. The days of coups and revolutions are over.”
He requested these “who use and hide behind citizens to attain power through undemocratic and violent means, which has been alluded, to come out clearly and be identified.”
“Those making the ‘revolution’ call hide behind the veil of social media modernity. But without revealing the identity of their sponsors this shadowy campaign is no better, and no more democratic, than the days of old,” he stated.
“They should lead their march in person. Only then will they begin to have the right to call themselves leaders before the people of Nigeria.”
On Saturday, Sowore, who was presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) within the 2019 elections, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) forward of nationwide protests he was organising “against bad governance”.
Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police, had described the deliberate protest as an act of treason, saying it was meant to “force a regime change in the country”.
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