A Former Minister of Aviation, an ardent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, popularly called FFK, has tackled the President, over the continuous detention of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, Convener of the #RevolutionNow Protests, insisting that protest is the legitimate right of everyone in any society.
TOS TV gathered that FFK made this known while on a television programme as a Guest of the AIT Weekend Show, on Saturday morning.
He declared full support for the #RevolutionNow Protests, and the group Leader, Omoyele Sowore, adding that, the group was just expressing grievances “legitimately, and should be allowed to do so”.
“People have the legitimate right to come out and say whatever they want to say, under freedom of speech.
“Protest is legitimate in every society. It is done everywhere in the world! You bow to the will of the people, you listen to them, you do not lock them up or charge them with treason”, he stated.
FFK added that what the government did by arresting Sowore, was an abuse of power.
“You do not start locking up people, because they say they want revolution. Doing that will amount to killing a fly with a hammer.”
He further accused the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Tinubu, as once coming out in 2013, to call for a revolution.
“Buhari, Tinubu, once came out to call for revolution in 2013, and you now start locking people up for doing same now. Why the double standard?” he asked.
When the Host, Osasu Igbinedion, pointed to him that there had been some violations of the law in terms of violent acts on the part of the Organisers of the RevolutionNow Protests, such as videos of cars being destroyed, and pictures of the Convener, Omoyele Sowore, defacing public properties and so on, he said: “I do not support violence. I was also in government for a long time. Nobody is defending that.
“However, when you have people go out for a legitimate demonstration, and a few of them misbehave, even though criminal and it is wrong, you do not get up and say the whole organisation is proscribed, which is what happened in the case of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).
“In the case of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), it is worse. You killed thousands of them. It is IPOB today, it could be you tomorrow. People have the right to say they want to secede”, FFK said.
He however, decried that the President has continued to protect the violent herdsmen against the rest of Nigerians.
He noted that other countries of the world had declared Fulani herdsmen as “Fulani Terrorists”, but that the “Nigerian government under President Buhari, has refused to do so, but would prefer to protect the herdsmen and allow them to continue to kill Nigerians”.