Outrage As Femi Adesina Calls #RevolutionNow Protests Child’s Play, Irritating

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Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Thursday drew the ire of some sections of Nigerians after he called the #RevolutionNow protest held in some parts of the country irritating.

Nigerians Blast Femi Adesina For Calling #RevolutionNow Protests Child's Play, Irritating
Nigerians Blast For Calling #RevolutionNow Protests Child’s Play, Irritating

Nigerians took to the streets on Wednesday in various parts of the country to protest the poor state of living but were met by security officers who assaulted and arrested many of the protesters.

Speaking on Channels Television, Sunrise Daily Programme, Adesina said the protests were a mere child’s play and an irritation.

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.”

When asked if it was right for the Presidency to talk down on young Nigerians for protesting, Adesina remained adamant, insisting that the protests were nothing but irritation and he had a right to his opinion.

“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 boiling over. So, Nigerians need to know that the country we get is what we use our hands to build.”

The president’s spokesman said the issues the protesters were demonstrating about such as insecurity, corruption, poverty, and rights abuse were not peculiar to Nigeria and so the protests were misguided.

Adesina’s condescending remarks about the protest have led to lots of criticisms of the administration among Nigerians.

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