The Presidency has downplayed efficacy of the #RevolutionNow protests that held across some states on Wednesday, labelling them as childs play and irritation.
This was disclosed on Channel Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to Mr. Adesina, #RevolutionNow protests are nothing serious since it was only a few youths out of a population of over 200 million people that partook in them.
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.”
“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.
When asked if the government determines the seriousness of a protest only by its size, Adesina responded, “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.”
When asked if the issues the people were protesting about, such as unemployment, corruption, insecurity, poverty and abuse of human rights, are misplaced, Adesina hinted that the temporal N-Power programme is one of ways the government is trying to tackle unemployment.
He however noted that some of the issues are real, but cannot all be tackled in one day.
Adesina further said that the Federal Government will do everything possible to maintain peace in the country.