The Coalition of Revolution (CORE) movement, Thursday stormed Osogbo, Osun state capital, demanding immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari for making Nigeria ‘poverty capital of the world.’
The protesters had gathered at the Freedom Park around 8am, and moved peacefully to Okefia- Alekuwodo-Olaiya junction where they addressed news men.
They defied the Department of State Security (DSS) attempt to stop their rally as they continue singing anti-government songs to express their displeasure at the style of governance of the present administration.
Though, the protesters alleged that operatives of the DSS had arrested 11 members of the group, it was learnt that they were all released hours later.
Speaking with newsmen, a member of “Take it Back Movement”, Nigeria, Olaoluwa Owoeye, demanded immediate resignation of president Muhammadu Buhari.
He said: “We are calling for immediate resignation of Buhari because we cannot continue with this act of indiscipline; we cannot continue with this act of corruption; we cannot continue with this act of fuel hike; we cannot continue with this act of electricity hike.
“We are calling for immediate and unconditional release of the materials that have been taken by DSS such as our phones and money. We are also calling for the probe of the battery regime, the DSS head, he should withdraw his neck from this unruly act that they perpetrate against Nigerians.
“They should do that within 24 hours or else, they are going to see us on the streets again.”
Also, Temitope Fagunwa Maberu, positioned that Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world under president Buhari, saying “we have the poorest people living in the whole world domicile in Nigeria, and yet the Nigerian state has the audacity to tell us that we are celebrating an independence.
“We are saying that this independence is nothing to write home about; it is nothing to celebrate because the entirety of what we are told as citizens should celebrate in the 21st century, we are not entitled to it.
“We are also sending a message that the Nigerian state under its current liberal practice, capitalist practice cannot guarantee us the normal dividends that all citizens should enjoy.
“We are saying that only a socialist government can transform the entirety of whatever we want to demand as citizens of this country. And we are saying that the insecurity in the North is also tied to the failure of the Nigerian government. Any government that cannot guarantee protection and safety of a citizen, that government has failed.
“We are saying this because in 1960 when they told us that we gained independence, many of our people did not understand that the kind of Independence they gave us was flag independence.
“Many people did not understand that the kind of Independence they gave us was nothing but political independence. We have refused to gain the right independence, which is economic independence. That is why we are here today. That is what has brought us this mess; the mess of failure. The mess of maladministration, and no matter how much you talk about it, Nigeria is a failed country.
“There is no need for us to negotiate this. There is no need for us to discuss this. The government has failed to protect the lives of her citizens, and that government has no reason to stay in power, which is the point about Buhari government.
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“The Buhari government should be ashamed of itself, and those that are supporting the Buhari government should be ashamed of themselves because this government has failed both inside and outside,” he maintained.