A combined team of security agencies on Monday prevented members of the ‘Revolution Now’ from organising protest as planned in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The protesters numbering about 30 were halted by the officers of Department of State Security Service and police personnel who had arrived at the popular Olaiya Junction, before the protesters could gather.
The group led by one Olawale Adebayo were dispatched just as they prepared to address newsmen on the reason for the protest.
The youths, who were decked in orange berets and handkerchiefs initially disregarded the warnings from the security operatives were teargassed just as they began to sing protest songs. The crowd were eventually dispersed.
Oluwo canvasses respect for Nigerian Constitution
Meanwhile, a traditional ruler, the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi has warned those calling for a revolution to respect the Nigerian Constitution.
The Oluwo of Iwo land also warned the agitators to be sensitive to the nation’s fragile unity and realise that the moves could cause unrest in the nation.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr Ali Ibrahim stated that the agitators are unpatrioric, saying, “while corrective protest is not alien to our democracy… only sore losers are asking for a revolution to destabilize the nation.”
Describing the call for revolution as ill timed, Oba Akanbi advised the agitators to utilize their energy positively and complement the current government’s efforts at achieving a better Nigeria.
He also advised the agitators to device constructive means in criticising government and leaders rather than “an outright condemnation that could invite public unrest.”
“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 ways of making impact. He should be more tutored, study the 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?, the monarch asked
Oba Akanbi appealed to the Nigerian youths to respect the law, be patriotic and complement leader’s effort’ at achieving Na better Nigeria.
Oba Akanbi implored the politicians to exercise political maturity in their conducts in order to strengthen the nation’s democracy.