The Buhari Media Organization has asked all supporters of the #RevolutionNow protest to retrace their steps, claiming that the movement is capable of igniting violence and large scale mayhem in the country.
BMO specifically called out Nobel Laurate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana (SAN) and some civil society organizations, warning that endorsing such would embolden others with violent inclinations.
On the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, a co-convener of #RevolutionNow, BMO reminded Soyinka, Falana and others that the Department of State Services (DSS) had established a link between Sowore and some foreigners, as well as some Nigerians, “who are bent on causing disaffection in Nigeria with an intent to benefit from the conflagration that may arise there from.”
In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, BMO also praised the Federal Government for its proactive handling of the #RevolutionNow.
The statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, read:
“We note with satisfaction that the Federal Government has taken the appropriate steps towards stopping these misguided elements from instigating a violent overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government.
“There is a constitutional means of changing government in Nigeria, and as a country we recently held democratic elections at both the State and Federal levels, therefore no basis for any group of people to seek other means of changing a sitting and legally-constituted government.
“Perhaps we need to remind Professor Soyinka and his co-travellers that the security agencies do not usually go out of their way to arrest people except in situations where there are glaring evidence that such people, through their actions or utterances, pose inherent risk to the unity and corporate existence of the country.”
“We consider it hypocritical on the part of the critics for being blind to the potential danger that the activities of Sowore and company posed to the country with their misguided attempt to cause havoc in the country.
“In our view, the Federal Government has taken the right step with the arrest of Sowore, the arrow head of the ‘RevolutionNow’, in order to nip their inflammatory activities in the bud as failure to do that could plunge the country into avoidable chaos and violence.
“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to ignore the shenanigans of mischief-makers and those hell-bent on dragging the country back to an inglorious past from which President Muhammadu Buhari is making all efforts to rescue her”.
Join the conversation
SPECIAL REPORT: Displaced residents of Zamfara battle hunger, as underfunding derails Nigeria’s nutrition goals
On paper, Muhammad Zayyanu is seven years old. The quiet boy who looks shorter for his age could not recollect...
INVESTIGATION: N7.3bn paid for unnamed projects; how Nigerian govt spent N2.2trn in six months
Analysing nearly 3,000 payments made by various Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) over the previous six months (January...
INVESTIGATION… Delay rocks Nigerian govt’s promise of N30,000 covid-19 relief for artisans, others
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, 2020, Chukwudi Okoroigwe’s daily earnings as a bus driver was hardly enough to cater to the...
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...