- Femi Adesina has for the first time, opened up on the #EndSARS protests
- The presidential spokesman is concerned about the verbal attacks he is getting from the aggrieved protesters
- According to him, his phone numbers were published on social media, setting him up for verbal attacks
Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesman says he has been at the receiving end of verbal attacks from the #EndSARS protesters in the last few days.
The presidential media aide revealed this via a Facebook post on Thursday, October 15.
The former Nigeria Guild of Editors president also lamented that there have been strident efforts to position me as an enemy of the people.
He elaborated in a rather angry tone:
“Very serious efforts by mean people, who are simply out to generate hatred and animus against other people, for no other reason than luciferous and pernicious feeling of smug satisfaction.”
He stated that a television interview he did in August was also edited suggesting he was condemning the #EndSARS protests.
According to him, the topic he spoke on during the interview was the protests organised by the Revolution Now group headed by media entrepreneur and activist, Omoyele Sowore.
He said after the interview went viral on social media, his phone lines were bombarded with curses, expletives, and messages condemning him.
He added that some others called his lines till the phone batteries went dead.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to start implementing the demands of the #EndSARS protesters.
Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, made the call and said the National Assembly would ensure that the five demands made to the executive arm of government by the protesters are implemented.
He gave the assurance during plenary on Thursday, October 15, after the upper chamber was briefed by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi.
In a related development, as the protests continue to escalate in some parts of the country, the Nigerian Governors Forum on Wednesday, October 14 in Abuja met with Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the issue and the way forward.
The governors have also resolved to meet with identified leaders of the #EndSARS protesters to persuade them to end the street rallies.
On its part, The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed dismay over some violence-related protests across the country.
The AFN frowned at the increasing number of attacks on peaceful protesters by thugs and miscreants, warning that the unfolding event against peace-loving Nigerians will not be condoned.
Buhari, EndSARS now - Abuja protesters cry | Legit TV