‘Why ‘RevolutionNow’ Protest Failed In Rivers’
The much-hyped ‘RevolutionNow’ nationwide protest failed to hold in Rivers State, last Monday.
Omoleye Sowore, the owner of an Online Medium, Sahara Reporters and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 Presidential election had through his hash tag ‘RevolutionNow’ urged Nigerians to come out in protest against the alleged bad governance of the Buhari-led administration.
Few hours after it was announced, the Federal Government through the Department of State Security (DSS) arrested Sowore.
The protest faced frustration in other states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as Police and other security operations arrested several protesters who defied the Police ban.
In Rivers state, the protest could not hold as Governor Nyesom Wike issued a warning against such protest in the state.
Governor Wike in a statement through his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said Rivers State is not part of the Revolution Now protest and whatever illegal agenda it seeks to pursue.
He directed security agencies in the state to arrest anybody involved in the protest and also to take necessary steps to prosecute such persons.
The Governor also directed local government council chairmen to be on alert and report any illegal gathering to security agencies.
Following the governor’s directive, security agencies had early on Monday cordoned off Isaac Boro Park where the protesters had planned to gather before marching off to strategic spots in the state, our correspondent reports
Nyenye Kocha, one of the organizers of the protest in Rivers State, in a chat with journalists condemned the ban by the Rivers State Government and the subsequent actions taken by the police.
One of the organizers who requested anonymity however, told our correspondent that the protest could not hold because they were yet to reach the police authorities for permit.