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Wike Bans Sowore’s Revolution Now Protest In Rivers, See Why



Wike Bans Sowore's Revolution Now Protest In Rivers, See Why

The governor of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has banned the staging of “Revolution Now” protest in the state.

Naija News reports that the ban was contained in a statement issued by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

The Rivers State Governor further directed all Local Government chairmen in the state to report any suspected activity to the authorities.

Governor Wike said: “Rivers State is not part of the ‘Revolution Now’ protest and whatever illegal agenda it sought to pursue.

“Rivers State does not subscribe to what the ‘Revolution Now’ protest represents and Rivers State is not part of the protest.”

Governor Wike ordered the security agencies in Rivers to arrest and arraign for prosecution anybody who gets involved in the protest.

Meanwhile, Naija News understands that the ban is coming after the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, Omoyele Sowore, was arrested by the Department of State Services.

In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, sponsors of the planned “Revolution Now” protest scheduled for Monday, August 5, to identify themselves and lead the campaign or lose the right to call themselves leaders.

Reacting to the proposed protests, the President called 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.

“The President 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, noting that it is the inalienable right of all citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to do so.

“There is, however, a difference between peaceful call to protest and incitement for a revolution.

“The organisation championing this planned action is 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 maybe,” Buhari said a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity.

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