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June 12: Protest Is The Language Buhari Understands – Deji Adeyanju



Deji Adeyanju

The co-convener of the Concerned Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju, on Friday said there will be a protest by his group on June 12.

According to the activist, the only language president Muhammadu Buhari understands is protest.

Adeyanju stated this on Friday morning while speaking on AIT ‘Kakaaki’.

He condemned President Buhari for saying protesters during the EndSARS movement planned to remove him from office.

President Buhari while speaking on Arise TV on Thursday had said Nigerian youths that protested against police brutality and extrajudicial killings had plans to remove him from office.

When asked a question, Buhari had said, “This question was answered last year when there was the #EndSARS protest. You remember the young people that wanted to march here and remove me?”

Adeyanju while speaking on Friday said the aim of the protest by his group is not to remove the President, adding that only the National Assembly has the powers to remove the President from office.

The activist said, “The issues we are protesting against are very germane, they are about insecurity, internet shutdown, we don’t want another increment in fuel price because that is what they are planning. Again, the prices of food in the market is unbelievable.”

“If the President of a nation can be saying that people who are were protesting wanted to remove him from office, it calls the question as to the kinds of people advising the President. If you have someone like (the Minister of Justice Abubakar) Malami around, you should expect the worst, you should expect those kinds of things that the President was saying.”

“Are we (protesters), parliamentarians? Only the National Assembly can remove the President from office. So, the President should disabuse his mind from that. These sycophants in government are his real enemies, critics are not his enemies.”

“We are not criticising to mock the government. We are not protesting because we like to protest; we will like to be in our homes, or our offices.”

“The reason why we are doing it (protesting) is because this is the language that Buhari understands.”

When asked whether the President truly understands protest as a language, Adeyanju said, “He does; when he was speaking yesterday (Thursday), he was speaking from a position of anger. This (protest) is the language he understands, this is the language all politicians understands.”

Adeyanju further said that the President, who was “a protester” and “an activist” should respect the fundamental right of assembly and protest, adding that June 12 signifies a struggle for freedom.

“June 12 signifies struggle for the emancipation of the country. It wasn’t just about the election of MKO Abiola and the struggles thereafter which led to the unfortunate death of Comrade Kudirat Abiola and several others. The essence of choosing June 12 is so that people can relate with the struggle, that the spirit of the struggle is not dead,” the activist added.