The presidency has said that the calls by the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria for a revolution march across the country today was nothing but an attempt aimed of bringing regime change in Nigeria without recourse to a nationwide vote.
In a statement on its official twitter post on Sunday, the presidency said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration respect and uphold the right of every Nigerian to peaceful protest and civil campaign, whether to raise awareness on issues, and even oppose the government describing it as the inalienable right of all citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do so.
While stating that there is a difference between peaceful call to protest and incitement for a revolution, it added that the organisation championing this planned action was 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 (APC) party. The ballot box is the only constitutional means of changing government and a president in Nigeria. The days of coups and revolutions are over”, it said.
Presidency submitted that those making the “revolution” call hide behind the veil of social media modernity arguing that without revealing the identity of their sponsors, this shadowy campaign was no better and no more democratic than the days of old.
It continued,” 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 identified.
“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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