Speaking during an interview with Noah Ebije of Saturday Sun in Kaduna, former Governor of old Kaduna State and National Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has told Nigerians to protest against President Buhari’s administration.
According to him, hunger is a powerful tool that instigates protests and since the current administration has failed in ensuring food security, then Nigerians have a right to protect their interests by staging a protest.
Nevertheless, he admitted that this could have serious consequences as it has become the culture of security agencies in the Buhari-led government to shoot indiscriminately at innocent protesters.
“Well, they should protest. I know that it is a risk because security men may shoot them. However, they should protest because this is their life. Somebody is playing with their lives, somebody is destroying their lives, they should defend their lives and protect their interest.
The former governor further stated that:
“There is hunger in the land and Nigerians are dying of hunger. I dare to warn the President and everybody that can listen, that history has proved that mass hunger, hunger of the population, mass poverty of the population, killer hunger have always been the most immediate cause of proletarian revolution in every country of the world. And the President should know this; let him not be deceived by those who are benefitting from the current situation of hunger.”
He went on to explain that the possibility of a revolt by Nigerians is 100 per cent sure because Nigerians are not different from the rest of the people in the world. “Whatever people did in the world to protect themselves or show their anger against bad government, Nigerians can do it, and nobody should deceive himself that Nigerians are so docile, that they will not revolt. Anger pushes anybody to the limit”, he said.
Alhaji Balarabe Musa also noted that before the last general election, many Nigerians saw Buhari as an angel who could rescue the country from socio-economic problems “but Nigerians are now saying that they misjudged”, he therefore, advised Nigerians to make sure they access any prospective leader critically, taking into account his records, his inclination and everything, particularly records of performance in office.