In an effort to maintain law and order the governor of River State Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has directed security agencies to arrest anybody involved in the #RevolutionNow protest and also prosecute such persons.
The governor sounded the warning through his media aide Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor said: “Rivers State does not subscribe to what the RevolutionNow protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest.”
This government is allergic to plurality of voices, this government is allergic to criticism; this government is allergic to opinions. This government should know that Nigeria is a country with many colours.
According to him, Rivers State is not part of the #RevolutionNow protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.
The revolution march tagged: #RevolutionNow being spearheaded by the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore drew reactions on Sunday from notable Nigerians and groups.
On his own part, Prof Wole Soyinka disagreed with security agencies that the planned march amounted to treason. He said there was nothing treasonable in it , and accused the security agencies of behaving predictably.
In in his own reaction, Activist-lawyer Femi Falana in line with Soyinka urged the DSS to either release Sowore or arraing him in court.
In his usual critique manner,Mike Ozekhome (SAN) accused the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of not being tolerant to criticism.
Ozekhome, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’, said the government is “allergic to plurality of voices and criticism”.
He said: “Dancing on the street saying we don’t want bad governance how does that amount to treason, unreasonable felony?
Meanwhile Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike warned the protesters to steer clear of the state, stressing that nobody should attempt the #RevolutionNow protest in Rivers
Governor Wike urged parents to guard their wards from being misled by agents of the march to disrupt peace in the state.
“All council chairmen are directed to be at alert. If they suspect any illegal gathering, they should report to the security agencies for immediate action,” Wike was quoted as saying.
The leadership of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) described the planned protest as an attempt by enemies of democracy and unpatriotic individuals to destabilise the country and the administration of President Buhari.