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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Aso Rock Planned Deji Adeyanju's Attack

By Farooq Kperogi
Twitter: @farooqkperogi
I feel a tinge of guilt over the barbarous attacks on peaceful protesters by sponsored Aso Rock thugs in Abuja yesterday. My guilt stems from the fact that a senior member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) reached out to me on December 16 via social media private message to give me a foreknowledge of what happened yesterday.

He said agents of the Presidency invited executives of the NYCN to the Presidential Villa and asked them to not only speak out against the planned anti-regime protests by civil society groups but to also stage a counter-protest. When officials of the group said their organization was non-partisan and won't do what the Villa wanted them to do, Villa agents got angry and decided to inaugurate a new "National Youth Council."
"They are organising a counter protest in the name of youth council," he said. He wanted me to alert the world. But I got too busy and didn't get round to doing it. Then I woke up yesterday to news of the primitive, bloodstained brutalization of civil society protesters, including Deji Adeyanju, by "youths" shouting "Sai Baba Buhari!"
My exposing the fact that Aso Rock was paying "youths" to counter civil society protests might not have changed anything, but I'd at least be at peace with myself that I did the right thing.