Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Presidency has mentioned the #RevolutionNow protests that held in several components of the state on Wednesday had been a mere youngster’s play and an irritation.
The Particular Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, mentioned this on Channels Tv’s Dawn Day by day programme on Thursday.
Adesina mentioned the protests had been carried out by only some youths out of the 200 million Nigerians within the nation.
He mentioned, “Effectively, was it actually a protest? By my estimation, it simply appeared like a baby’s play as a result of protests by their very nature are spontaneous issues, mass issues. These are only a sprinkle of individuals making an attempt to be humorous. So far as I’m involved, it’s nothing to fret about.
“A revolution is at all times a mass factor, not a sprinkle of younger girls and boys you noticed yesterday in several components of the nation. I believe it was only a humorous factor to name it a revolution protest.”
When requested if it was proper for the Presidency to speak down on younger Nigerians for protesting, Adesina remained adamant, insisting that the protests had been nothing however irritation and he had a proper to his opinion.
“In a rustic of 200 million individuals and in case you see a sprinkle of individuals saying they’re doing a revolution, it was a baby’s play,” he mentioned.
When requested if the federal government determines the seriousness of a protest solely by its measurement, Adesina responded, “Effectively, it can at all times matter as a result of in case you mentioned it was a revolution, revolutions by definition are fairly well-known.
“Revolution is one thing that turns the conventional order. What occurred yesterday, would you name it a revolution? It was simply an irritation, simply an irritation and a few individuals need to trigger irritation within the nation and what I’ll say is when issues boil over, they boil over since you proceed to warmth them.
“Whenever you see pockets of heating up within the nation, finally they culminate in a boiling over. So, Nigerians have to know that the nation we get is what we use our palms to construct.”
The president’s spokesman mentioned the problems the protesters had been demonstrating about equivalent to insecurity, corruption, poverty, and rights abuse weren’t peculiar to Nigeria and so the protests had been misguided.
He mentioned the N-Energy programme, which provides unemployed youths momentary jobs and month-to-month stipends was one of many methods the federal government was addressing joblessness.
Adesina mentioned the President recognises the issues however they can’t be addressed in a single fell swoop.
When requested if the clampdown on protests would proceed, the President’s aide mentioned, “The federal government will do no matter is true, no matter is required to keep up peace.”