Some pro-Buhari supporters have admitted that were promised N1,000 to come out and stage a counter-protest against the June 12 protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Saturday.
Various groups scheduled demonstrations on June 12 – designated as Democracy Day in Nigeria – to protest against the state of the nation and the governance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The June 12 protesters had slated the Unity Fountain, opposite Transcorp Hilton in Maitama, as their convergence venue, but they could not gain access to the venue.
A surprise, however, emerged as pro-government protesters converged at the venue under the aegis of #IStandWithBuhari movement.
The protesters were clad in white and green T-shirts and carried placards with different inscriptions to show their solidarity with President Buhari.
Speaking to Roots TV, two of the protesters, both women, admitted that they were promised N1,000 each if they participate in the protest.
When asked by the reporter if they have been paid, one of the ladies said “no”, but stated that she is sure they will be paid.
The interview was, however, cut short by one of the leaders of the #IStandWithBuhari movement, who insisted that “nobody should grant any interview”.
See below the video as obtained from social media:
The Punch had reported that an internal tussle broke out on Saturday morning amongst members of the #IStandWithBuhari protest group at the protest venue.
According to the newspaper, leaders of the group were seen in a heated exchange of words over the sharing of monetary resources meant for organising the counter protests.
H/T: Gidi Traffic (Twitter)