The #RevolutionNow movement and other human rights groups, on Thursday lashed out at the Presidency for describing Wednesday’s #RevolutionNow protests as a child’s play and irritation.
The groups told The PUNCH that the Presidency’s dismissal of #RevolutionNow’s protests clearly indicated that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari;’s (retd.) regime was insensitive to the suffering of Nigerians.
Members of the #RevolutionNow movement demanding good governance had on Wednesday protested in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, Ondo, Osun and Ogun states.
During the protests, no fewer than 91 members of the group were arrested in the FCT, Lagos, Osun and Ogun states.
On Thursday, the Presidency described the protests as a mere child’s play and an irritation.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday.
Adesina said the protests were carried out by only a few youths out of the 200 million Nigerians.
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 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 an irritation and he had a right to his opinion.