President Muhammadu Buhari has dared sponsors of the planned “Revolution Now” protest which will come up on Monday, to reveal their identities and show up for the campaign out of respect to all Nigerians.
President Buhari made this known in Abuja on Sunday, after a former Presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore, the convener of the #RevolutionNow Protests was arrested at his apartment on Saturday.
Concise News understands that Buhari in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), challenged those who are behind the campaign to show their real identities, adding that, ”so that Nigerians can be fully aware of whose name this “revolution” is being proposed and who the beneficiaries may be.
President Buhari disclosed that the sponsors should show up in persons and lead the protest, stressing that only then will they begin to have the right to call themselves leaders before Nigerians.
The statement partly reads: “the President and his administration respect and uphold the right of every Nigerian to peaceful protest and civil campaign, whether to raise awareness on issues and even oppose the government, noting that it is the inalienable right of all citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do so.
“There is, however, a difference between a peaceful call to protest and incitement for a revolution.
“The organisation championing this planned action is not fronted by any serious public faces. We call on the sponsors and organisers to have the decency to come forward and make their identity known – out of respect to all Nigerians – so that Nigerians can be fully aware in whose name this “revolution” is being proposed and who the beneficiaries may be.
The statement further reads: “Less than six months ago, Nigeria held simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections. Both contests were won resoundingly by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All-Progressives Congress party.
”The campaign was observed, and results were confirmed by international election monitoring groups and observers. The result was even contested by the losing presidential candidate and his party in Court.”
According to him, the ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria. The days of coups and revolutions are over.
“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 added.