…Adesina says the protests carried out by few youths insignificant
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has described #RevolutionNow protests that took place across the nation on Wednesday as irritating.
He said this while fielding questions at Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday.
Adesina believed the protests were a mere child’s play and an irritation executed by minute number of young people vis-à-vis about 200 million Nigerians in the country.
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 unyielding, maintaining that the protests were nothing but irritation and he had a right to his opinion.
“In a country of 200 million people and if you see a sprinkle of people saying they are doing a revolution, it was a child’s play,” he said.
While answering if the government weighs the significance of a protest only by the size of people involved, Adesina retorted, “Well, it will always matter because if you said it was a revolution, revolutions by definition are quite well known.
“Revolution is something that turns the normal order. 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.
“When you see pockets of heating up in the country, eventually they culminate in a boiling over. So, Nigerians need to know that the country we get is what we use our hands to build.”
The president’s media aide also said the issues the protesters were demonstrating about such as insecurity, corruption, poverty, and rights abuse were not peculiar to Nigeria and so the protests were erroneous.
He described the N-Power programme, which offers unemployed youths short-term jobs and monthly stipends was one of the ways the government was addressing joblessness.
When asked if the restriction on protests would continue, the President’s aide said, “The government will do whatever is right, whatever is required to maintain peace.”