The organizers of the #RevolutionNow protest have said that “our generation cannot continue with your state madness,” declaring that they will not be deterred by the arrest of its leader and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Omoyele Sowore.
One of the organizers and the General Secretary of United Action for Democracy and member of the Socialist Workers and Youth League, Mr Kunle Ajayi, said this in a tweet on Saturday, vowing to go on with the mass action.
“#RevolutionNow: They think they can stop an idea whose time has come. You have plenty to arrest. We will show you all that our generation cannot continue with your state madness. We will hand over a better world to our children. The time to act is now!!!” Ajayi said via his Twitter handle, @AjayiWizeman.
Ajayi’s tweet was accompanied with a picture of five members of the protest group holding a banner with the inscription, “#RevolutionNow. Time to act is now!”
“This arrest is not surprising to us. We know that the Presidency has tried everything in their powers to discredit and dampen our struggle,” he added.
Earlier in a statement on Saturday, Ajayi, on behalf of the Lagos chapter of the AAC, called for more mobilisation in defiance to the government.
“The Lagos branch of the African Action Congress condemns Sowore’s arrest and (President Muhammadu) Buhari’s stubborn and cruel antidemocratic credentials.
“We believe that the #RevolutionNow will outlive all forces of repression, particularly the Buhari Presidency.
“We call on the Coalition for Revolution and other organisers to continue with the mobilisation. A failed government cannot use force to make the mass of people to accept its failure,” he said.
Meanwhile. fiery human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Saturday, condemned the ban of the protests planned by some Nigerians to take place on Monday.
He said the announcement by the Force Headquarters that the planned protest would be treasonable felony gave the impression that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was bent on crushing every critic of the government as terrorists.
He recalled that Mr. Buhari has done this by labeling the Indigenous People of Biafra, and recently the Islamic People of Nigeria (Shiites), as terrorist organisations.
According to him, no law in Nigeria gives room to charge “placard-carrying protesters” with treasonable felony as threatened by the police.
But the Nigerian Police insists that the planned protest is treason.
Force spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement on Saturday claimed that the protests were meant to incite Nigerians against the Federal Government “with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country”.
He said, “The force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to a treasonable felony and act of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly by and watch any individual or a group in society cause anarchy in the land.”