‘Winner is democracy,’ Presidency declares as state agents clamp down on protesters

By AdvocateNews on 05/08/2019

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 4,040


Presidency on Monday stated that democracy is the winner in Nigeria.

The declaration came on Monday evening as security agents crippled the #RevolutionNow protests spearheaded by the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 General Election, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

Sowore, who also publishes the online Sahara Reporters, had called for nationwide protests tagged #RevolutionNow and scheduled for Monday (today) to protest bad governance.

Sowore was picked up in the early hours of Saturday by operatives of the Department of State Services and is being held incommunicado.

Security agents comprising variously of soldiers, Police and Operatives of the OP MESA, a joint Internal Security Operational platform made up of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, also took to the flash points in various states of the federation and prevented the #RevolutionNow protest from holding.

In states such as Lagos, Osun and Cross River, protesters were tear-gassed and journalists arrested and taken to unknown places.

Again, security agents in Lagos State not only doused protesters in tear gas, they also shot into air to scare people off.

In reaction, the Presidency gave “democracy” thumbs up, saying, “The winner is democracy in Nigeria!”

Taking to his Facebook wall on Monday evening, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, had posted a Press release signed by his counterpart, Shehu Garba, titled “The Winner Is Democracy In Nigeria!”

The social media release states, “Today, millions of Nigerians went about their businesses: work, seeking employment, attending schools/colleges and caring for their families. By doing so, the millions defended our country’s hard-won democratic rights – by ignoring calls on social media to join a phantom ‘revolution’.

“There were a few hundred persons today who, for their own reasons, decided to act upon the demands of a group calling itself Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, which went on social media to ask everyday Nigerians to overthrow the government they only elected some six months ago.

“The President is humbled by the support – not for himself, or the governing party – but for the democratic values of modern-day Nigeria through the wisdom of those millions of citizens who preferred democracy and decided not to undermine an elected government.

“Today, joining those millions of Nigerians was not only the President and governing party at Federal level, but many state governments from the opposition, trade unions, civil society organisations, media and NGOs with focus on freedom of speech. All have, rightly, united in protecting Nigeria’s young democracy and the rights of all to elect leaders and lawmakers.

“The Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’s attempt to incite citizens into a revolution against their own democratic rights and interests has failed – as will all attempts to take away from the people their hard-won rights and freedom to choose who leads their country.’’ --Punch

Posted 05/08/2019 8:33:23 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Buhari names Adesina, Djeba, Seriki, 39 others as...

Presidency: ‘You were in school when North, South...


Bayelsa: Tribunal sacks Gov Diri, orders fresh election...

Trump’s younger brother, Robert, dies at 71

South-East crisis: 175 soldiers, cops, others killed in...

Presidency ordered EFCC to detain Fayose indefinitely –...

UPDATED: 20 killed, vehicles, petrol station razed as...

Propagate our achievements – FG urges Churches

Fuel hike: No going back on strike, protest...

Police deploys 5000 personnel for APC Convention

Former Ijaw congress president, Kimse Okoko, dies at...


Latest News Senate probes alleged secret withdrawal of N151.3bn from Federation Account Kanu orders dry fasting as October 21 trial approaches Tension in Ebonyi as Umahi seals off hotel hosting PDP temporal office ahead of congress Calabar explosion: It is routine exercise, no cause for panic — Army Anambra: IGP’s deployment of 34,000 officers, 3 helicopters is preparation for war not election Buhari congratulates newly elected NUJ Executives SEEDS OF DESTINY 15 OCTOBER 2021 —THE POWER TO GET WEALTH Ayu’s emergence as chair: North gets PDP’s nod to contest 2023 Presidency Banks get deadline on dead customers’ BVN Minister accuses former Nigerian president’s daughter of forging documents to claim land Kaduna residents lament suspension of firewood, charcoal for cooking FG declares Tuesday public holiday to mark Eidul-Mawlid


Most Read Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (187,205 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (187,193 views) Fleeing ex-DG Imo Broadcasting Corporation who stabbed wife to death arrested (187,192 views) Sickle cell support group seeks government intervention (187,191 views) I’ve no Coronavirus, govt wants to kill me – Anambra Index case (187,191 views) Ebonyi bans embalming of corpses in homes (187,190 views) FG sends new directive to banks, schools as Buhari extends lockdown by four weeks (187,190 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (187,048 views) HUSHPUPPI: CRIMINALS HAVE NO TRIBE. THEY SHAME ALL OF US... (182,960 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (182,360 views) All you need to know about Peter Obi, PDP VP Candidate (146,339 views) DEMOCRACY DAY: President Muhammadu Buhari’s full speech (144,732 views)






There are no video entries posted yet.