- The presidency has finally broken silence on the Omoyele Sowore-led RevolutionNow protest
- Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, said the demonstration is an irritating child's play
- Adesina said the protesters are just a sprinkle of young people who are trying to be funny
The Nigerian government has finally broken silence on the RevolutionaNow protest in the country with the demonstration dubbed "irritating and child's play" by the presidency.
Legit.ng recalls that there was outrage and a show of displeasure on Wednesday, August 5, as members of Revolution Now staged a protest in some states.
Nigerian security agents, however, used maximum force on peaceful protesters in the commercial city of Lagos and the country's capital, Abuja with some of the demonstrators arrested and allegedly harassed.
The group, led by a former presidential candidate and media entrepreneur Omoyele Sowore, comprises young Nigerians calling for a change in government.
While reacting to the protest, Femi Adesina, senior media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said the demonstration is a "child's play."
Adesina, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday, August 6, said the protest is just a sprinkle of young boys and girls, not a mass 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.
"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," Adesina said.
The presidential spokesperson said the federal government is aware of the challenges in the country and will take a step after another to address it.
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Meanwhile, the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, Delta state after former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been described as “meaningless and belittling" by Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).
In a statement by the group through its national publicity secretary, Ken Robinson, PANDEF said it rejected the naming because it is disparaging to the status of the former president.
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