Sowore under fire for calling for RevolutionNow protest

 

The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has rubbished the call for revolution by former presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, and some others.

Akanbi described the RevolutionNow protest by Sowore and some Nigerians as unpatriotic.

In a statement he signed and issued yesterday, Akanbi expressed disappointment that a candidate in the 2019 elections could immediately call for revolution instead of supporting the current government in resolving the current challenges of insecurity.

The monarch warned those calling for revolution to respect Nigeria’s constitution and be sensitive to moves capable of causing unrest across the country.

He insisted that the call for revolution was not timely due to the current insecurity issue bedevilling the country.

According to Akanbi: “The call for a revolution at this fragile moment is not patriotic, it is out of love, uncivilized, non-digital and anti-people. Revolution consumes sensing the fragility of our current security situation. We should behave moderately, act patriotically and complement government at addressing their perceived weaknesses. Let the world see us as enlightened and not conspirator.

“As an aspirant in the last general election, I expect collaboration, fusion and constructive criticisms where necessary. I see the mastermind of the revolution as an asset. He can be part of the system, if he can’t be, there are better way of making an impact. He should be more tutored, study situation and respect our togetherness.

“For example, if I contest against someone and lost the contest. Should I because of that shut down his administration because he won the contest? No, is that what the opponent does in advanced nations? If you see the government as your adversary, you can write an epistle.

“I want to appeal to Nigerian youths most especially the jobless ones to respect the law, be patriotic and complement leader’s effort at achieving a new Nigeria of our dream. Good governance is a gradual process. If what you wish is not what is obtainable, you can wait at the poll, not a revolution that could consume the nation.

“We need peace not blood. We need togetherness not secession. We need unity love not hatred. We need complement not division. The time is now for us to contribute. It is left to all of us.”

Recall that Sowore was picked up by the DSS from his apartment at about 1am on Saturday morning and he managed to post a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am.

Despite Sowore’s arrest, the RevolutionNow protest held in some states yesterday.

Ng daily

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