Influential Nigerians have been urged to exercise restraint and show decorum while reacting to public issues so as not to escalate existing tension in the polity.
Giving this advice in a statement in Abuja, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), while praising the Federal Government on its proactive handling of the ‘RevolutionNow’ protest, chided some eminent Nigerians for endorsing inciting comments by the protest planners.
In the statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO called out Nobel Laurate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Femi Falana (SAN) among some civil society organisations for encouraging what is capable of igniting violence and large scale mayhem in the country.
“We are constrained to call on those backing the actions of this group, like Professor Soyinka and Femi Falana to retrace their steps as it is capable of emboldening other people with such violent inclinations.
“We note with satisfaction that the Federal Government has taken the appropriate steps towards stopping these misguided elements from instigating a violent overthrow of a constitutionally-elected government.
“There is a constitutional means of changing government in Nigeria, and as a country we recently held democratic elections at both the State and Federal levels, therefore no basis for any group of people to seek other means of changing a sitting and legally-constituted government.
“Perhaps we need to remind Professor Soyinka and his co-travellers that the security agencies do not usually go out of their way to arrest people except in situations where there are glaring evidence that such people, through their actions or utterances, pose inherent risk to the unity and corporate existence of the country.”
According to BMO, in the case of Sowore’s arrest, there is the need to remind Soyinka, Falana and others that the Directorate of State Services (DSS) had established a link between Sowore and some foreigners, as well as some Nigerians, “who are bent on causing disaffection in Nigeria with an intent to benefit from the conflagration that may arise therefrom.
“We consider it hypocritical on the part of the critics for being blind to the potential danger that the activities of Sowore and company posed to the country with their misguided attempt to cause havoc in the country.
“In our view, the Federal Government has taken the right step with the arrest of Sowore, the arrow head of the ‘RevolutionNow’, in order to nip their inflammmatory activities in the bud as failure to do that could plunge the country into avoidable chaos and violence.”