The progressive governors’ forum has reacted to the protests by members of RevolutionNow over alleged bad governance
Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is the chairman of the forum, said that no government would condone civil unrest in the country
Bagudu, however, noted that there were better ways to channel grievances rather than the calls for revolution
The governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have condemned the #RevolutionNow protests called by global coalition for security and democracy in some parts of the country.
Guardian reports that the progressive governors’ forum chairman, who is also governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, voiced their position while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, August 6.
He said: “Any call for disorder in a democratic setting is condemnable because the democracy as the saying goes is not the best form of government but it is the best that we have because it gives opportunity periodically for the electorate to exercise their mandate in affirming or rejecting leaders. “We have just come through a general election in March where Nigerians embraced the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and he has been elected for a second term with a little more votes than they have in 2015.” He said some governors were elected in different states for second term while a number of them were first termers, adding that there were instances where new comers defeated the sitting governors. “We have first termers defeating second termers and in the case of one state, the Supreme Court exercising its rights as the highest court in the land to determine what should be and it is respected by the government. “So, to celebrate the evolution of our democracy, we are progressing from one mandate to the other. In the last few years, Nigeria has faced economic downturn, which has been occasioned by changes in global economy,” he said.
He noted that there were sundry and better ways of channeling grievances rather than the calls for revolution.
“We have institutions that have been created to express discontent but people take up the law into their hands rather than expressing it through the right channel,” he added. The governor, who expressed dismay over the development, also noted that the calls for revolution in Nigeria were instigated from outside Nigeria. Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the civil rights movement of Nigeria advised the federal government to prosecute the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and others connected with RevolutionNow protest.