Debo Adebayo, a Nigerian comedian better known as Mr Macaroni, has criticised how the president and his administration are handling the ongoing protests.
The comedian spoke on Sunday when he featured on Rubbin Minds, a programme on Channels TV.
He said it is unfortunate that the president’s team has resorted to using tweets rather than give Nigerians day-to-day situation reports on what actions the government is taking to address the concerns of the protesters.
“They move from state to state during elections to make promises to the people so when those who elected them into power are crying, they have no business sending tweets to them,” he said.
“They need to wake up and talk to the people, they are used to sleeping. When the Nigerian youths see that the government is serious, then the protests will stop.”
Mr Macaroni said the protesters will only leave the streets when they see the government taking decisive actions to address the issues raised.
Citing the various attacks on protesters across the country, he said the federal government has failed to protect the lives of people demanding an end to police brutality.
“What government is expected to do in situations like these is to show a sign of good faith. They kept saying that they’re working but there are decisive actions that can be taken that would prove to Nigerian youths that they are beginning to listen and ready to act,” he said.
“Why not meet the protesters’ demands first, why not begin to take action? We are protesting and our lives are not even secured. Safety is still a concern, so we cannot even talk about any other thing until every Nigerian youth is sure that his or her life safe.”
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