Deji Adeyanju, activist and convener of civil society organisation, Concerned Nigerians, said the June 12 protests scheduled across Nigeria on Saturday (tomorrow) is the language that President Muhammadu Buhari understands.
Adeyanju said this when he featured on AIT’s Kakaaki programme on Friday.
The activist debunked the president’s claim that #EndSARS protesters planned to remove him from office last October when the campaigners staged demonstrations against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
According to him, the protest of October 20, 2020, and the one planned for June 12 are not to topple the government, adding that only the National Assembly has the powers to remove the President from office.
He 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 President Buhari 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.
He 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 the struggle for freedom.