****Tasks Security Agencies On Stiffer Sanctions
A youth group under the auspices of Civil Society Group for Peace, Justice and Development, have fingered opposition politicians of sponsoring coordinated protests against the federal government.
This is as they furthered urged security agencies and the judiciary to take a stiffer stance on the RevolutionNow protesters and its convener, Omoyele Sowore who they insist, have consistently moved to destabilize the government of the day adding that the protesters have spread violence through call for revolution which they lack basic understanding of.
Addressing a press conference on Friday in Abuja, the convener, Comrade Yusuf Yahuza, raised concerns about the protesters’ brazen defiance for the COVID-19 safety measures, insisting that he has on good authority that the protesters were sponsored by opposition politicians to distract the government.
“We wish to express our worries over a clandestine, hate orchestrated and cheap blackmail of protest called upon by some microscopic elements in some states including the FCT of a revolution protest.
“We had initially wished to keep mute and watch things unfold, but for the sake of some few vulnerable individuals who may fall vulnerable for this antic which is a stoke in trade for the perpetrators, we wish to condemn it in its entirety and call for more decisive action across board to stem the tide and put an end to such evil.
“Omoyele Sowore and his RevolutionNow group have over time preached hate through a call for revolution which we believe they lack basic understanding of. It should be on record that the sovereignty and integrity of Nigeria comes first above any other interest and individuals like Sowore and his bandwagon at Revolution Now should stop using the word because they lack understanding of such words as it portends a negatively on them and their followers.
“An infantile Sowore in thought and his supporters who barely had less than 35,000 votes in the last general elections against the President who polled about 15 million votes signifying his acceptability and national thrust should indicate to sane Nigerians that Sowore and his group have lost it, and therefore resort to the cheap word “revolution” which we believe they don’t understand. How can you revolt against the government to create a government inside a sovereign government? God forbid.
“While we understand that their antics won’t last long, we wish to make Nigerians especially the DSS, Police, and other security agencies including the Judiciary to note that there is a daunting challenge which need to he nipped in the bud before it affects the whole system, if not, how will individuals taken to the court on the same issue disobey flagrantly the court to organize individuals and stage a protest. Is this not “contempt of court proceedings”?
“Are they individuals in question now above the law? Justice must be served decisively against such individuals to prevent a reoccurrence of such in the future. Permit me to also state that while the federal and state government including spirited individuals and private organizations are busy trying their best to confront the challenges of infection and spread of Corona virus, the group disobeyed the laid down guidelines of congregation, and non-adherence to protocol as most participants were not in possession of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and therefore posed bigger challenges for the government as those exposed must be traced and isolated, and such will result in loss of economic and financial values, even when the issue could have been easily avoided. “More worrisome is the fact that while government is busy making efforts towards bettering the lot of Nigeria and Nigerians, we have it on good authority that the protesters were sponsored by Opposition politicians to distract the government.
“It is quite unfortunate to say the least as we expect that after many years of monumental failures; they should be sober and reflective, allowing the government of the day to deliver on its mandate of security, economic empowerment, social development, peace and justice amongst others.
“Though we understand the global challenges on ground with Nigeria not an exception, we cannot claim ignorance of the many good efforts of the government towards making Nigeria work again. This can only be achieved if groups like RevolutionNow and their sponsors are fished out and punished decisively. Nigeria is not a banana republic and individuals who see it as such must be made to face the relevant section of the law,” the group tasked security agents.