President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday night, has reacted to the protests by the #RevolutionNow movement, claiming that it failed, because Nigerians did not support it.
Buhari also thanked Nigerians and the opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for supporting him during this period.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that he is humbled by the massive support he received from Nigerians while the protest lasted.
Read the full statement below:
THE WINNER IS DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA!
Today, millions of Nigerians went about their businesses: work, seeking employment, attending schools/colleges, and caring for their families. By doing so, the millions defended our country’s hard-won democratic rights – by ignoring calls on the social media, to join a phantom ‘revolution’.
There were a few hundred persons today, who, for their own reasons, decided to act upon the demands of a group calling itself Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, which went on the social media to ask everyday Nigerians to overthrow the government they only elected some six months ago.
The President is humbled by the support – not for himself, or the governing party – but for the democratic values of modern-day Nigeria, through the wisdom of those millions of citizens who preferred democracy and decided not to undermine an elected government.
Today, joining those millions of Nigerians was not only the President and governing party at Federal level, but many State Governments from the opposition, trade unions, civil society organisations, media and NGOs, with focus on freedom of speech. All have rightly, united in protecting Nigeria’s young democracy, and the rights of all to elect Leaders and Lawmakers.
The Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’s attempt to incite citizens into a revolution against their own democratic rights and interests has failed – as will all attempts to take away from the people their hard-won rights and freedom to choose who leads their country.