Veteran journalist and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Nigerians would constantly be unsatisfied with their leaders even if he is an angel.
Speaking in Ibadan on Friday on a magazine programme on BCOS radio, Adesina said the President was doing his best to get Nigeria back on track. However, it is hard going as the decay in the system has spread far and wide.
He said the people as a whole have to take on the mantle of fighting corruption as leaving just for the president would leave the menace undefeated.
Commenting on the proposed protest by Tuface Idibia and the subsequent posture of the Nigeria Police on it, Adesina said both sides have rights in the issue.
He said: “In a democracy, protests are legitimate, also the security agencies have the right to ensure that they do not degenerate.”
Adesina accused the PDP of being sore losers and the brains behind the intended protest. He also touched on social media which he believe is being maliciously employed.
Going on, he said those who intend joining the protests are those who will complain irrespective of who is leading the country. He mentioned that the recession is a passing thing as Nigeria would be out of it by the end of the year. This, he said, has been affirmed to by the government and by the World Bank.
The protest, according to Tuface, is to bring to fore the state people are in. To kick against government’s lethargy and inability to cater to the socioeconomic needs of the citizenry.
Many celebrities and politicians and even the man on the street have both lauded and condemned the initiative. The grouse most have are that it is an opposition-sponsored event. A position furthered by the interest shown by Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
According to Daily Post Nigeria, reports also indicated that some activists in Ibadan have indicated interest to join the Monday protest.
There is a drawback for the Lagos event as the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni has said the police would not grant Tuface the permission to stage the protest. This is because the Police believe the protest would get out of hand and degenerate into a violent one.