By Uche Mbah
A Northern group, Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, has accused the South west of using Revolution now as a ploy to overthrow president Muhammadu, after being the greatest racial “beneficiary of his government”, thereby reducing Omoyele Sowore’s attempt at protest against the government to a regional war.
Recall that the “Revolution Now”, a protest planned by Sowore, a former Presidential aspirant, took place mainly in the South west, particularly Lagos. However, with active collaboration of the Lagos State government which used their Kick Against Indiscipline vans to convey arrested protesters to police custody, security agencies quashed the protest, which Sowore termed a Revolution. Sowore himself had earlier been arrested.
But CNG had insisted that the South west deliberately planned to use the protest to unseat Buhari.
“It is quite unfortunate that the South West which has been the single major beneficiary of the Buhari administration should also be in the forefront of efforts to discredit and bring him down by all means”,the group said in a release. ” This can be seen in the manner in which the bulk of political, cultural, religious and traditional leadership is standing solidly against the government with its open support for call for the violent overthrow of the Buhari government by the #Revolutionow organizers.
“In particular, such individual beneficiaries of the government and others largely from the South West were nowhere to be seen when their people and the southern-based media ignited tensions over the government’s Ruga initiative.
“These same beneficiaries appear today in implicit support of the proposed insurrection by maintaining a conspiratorial neutrality while other southern influencers…explicitly backed the organizers.”
The protest was not experienced in the South East, South South and Middle belt, though their leaders of thought did not raise any voice in condemnation. Many saw the clampdown as hypocritical on the side of Buhari, who spearheaded protests against his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, including carrying out a march against him and carrying a coffin written “RIP Jonathan” on it. Jonathan never stopped the protests.
The core North had earlier dissociated themselves from the protest.
The National leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, had maintained a conspiratorial silence, which may have prompted the group to ask Buhari to reconsider his political alliances with the region.
“We also wish to ask the president if in all honesty he still considers the South Western players as true friends who are genuinely desirous of his success. He should ask himself if the treatment he is receiving from them is worth the attention he had given the South West which involved colliding with his northern brethren to the point of elevating the status of June 12 as appeasement.
“To the entire northern leaders and elite, we categorically say that the current political alignment with the South West is not paying and it never will,” they said while also acknowledging that Buhari had failed and should apologize to Nigerians
“President Buhari should …sincerely apologize to the nation by reflecting on how he dragged the country into such a desperate situation, own up to his inadequacies and take genuine steps to address the mounting national grievances.”