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Reveal your identities, Buhari tells RevolutionNow sponsors
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked
the alleged sponsors of ‘RevolutionNow’
to come out openly to be identified by
Nigerians so that they would know where
they (sponsors) stood.
The Presidency mentioned this in a
statement on Sunday following the arrest
of rights activist and presidential
candidate of the African Action Congress
in the February 2019 election, Mr. Omoyele
Sowore, the convener of the protests.
Buhari had said earlier on Sunday that
elections remained the best way to
change a government.
He stated that he already demonstrated
this by presenting himself for a
democratic election in February this year,
where his party, the APC, won both the
Presidential and National Assembly polls.
The presidency added that much as the
administration respected the right of
Nigerians to hold a peaceful protest, a call
for a revolution was an incitement to
The statement, which was signed by
Shehu on Buhari’s behalf, partly read, “The
President of Nigeria and his
administration respect and uphold the
right of every Nigerian to peaceful
protests and civil campaign, whether to
raise awareness on issues and even
oppose the government. It is the
inalienable right of all citizens of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria to do so.
“There is, however, a difference between
a peaceful call to protest and an
incitement for a revolution.
“The organisation championing this
planned action is not fronted by any
serious public faces. We call on the
sponsors and organisers to have the
decency to come forward and make their
identity known, out of respect to all
Nigerians; so that Nigerians can be fully
aware in whose name this ‘revolution’ is
being proposed and who the
beneficiaries may be.

“Less than six months ago, Nigeria held
simultaneous presidential and
parliamentary elections. Both contests
were won resoundingly by President
Muhammadu Buhari and his All
Progressives Congress party.
“The campaign was observed, and results
were confirmed by international election
monitoring groups and observers. The
result is even being contested by the
losing presidential candidate and his party
in court.”
Arguing that elections were the best form
of regime change, the Presidency added,
“The ballot box is the only constitutional
means of changing government and a
president in Nigeria. The days of coups
and revolutions are over.
“Those making the ‘revolution’ call hide
behind the veil of social media modernity.
But, without revealing the identity of their
sponsors, this shadowy campaign is no
better, and no more democratic, than the
days of old.
“The President calls on all those who seek
to use and hide behind everyday citizens
to attain power through undemocratic
and violent means, which has been
alluded, to come out clearly and be
“They should lead their march in person.
Only then will they begin to have the right
to call themselves leaders before the
people of Nigeria.”


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