Is A Protest Now Regarded As A Coup In Nigeria?

It has been reported that Omoyele Sowore the arrested convener of  #RevolutionNow protests has denied every allegation made against him concerning the destabilization of the Buhari administration. He also denied the fact that he received some amount of dollars from alleged collaborators in Dubai or any of the UAE cities to start widespread attacks in Nigeria.

He said the only protest he carried out was on insecurity and corruption, in which he organized students, youths, workers, market women and traders to carry out the protest in other to for the Federal government to address the issue.


Is the act of protest now illegal in Nigeria? Or has it been viewed as a coup on the Federal government?

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  • to be frank, everyone with a skeleton in his cupboard lives in fear, the government is doing things that might have been X-rayed by the protest. i think that's the reason why the protest is viewed as such.

    - Mbakuuv Kasha - 2019-08-28 14:38:33 Quote

  • The leaders are only having a guilty conscience because they know what they are doing is inappropriate so they think every single act going against what they are doing is a coup and would try every possible way to stop it. It shouldn't actually be a surprise if this arrested guy eventually turns up dead.

    - Michael Olawoye - 2019-08-28 14:39:42 Quote

  • The protests cannot be regarded as a coup after all there was no attempt at the life of the president neither was there a gathering of soldiers.

    But a protest that goes to far is considered criminally unlawful because of risk to life and property.

    - Uzorchukwu Chukwudumebi - 2019-08-28 14:40:35 Quote

  • The government in actual fact knows for anyone to standup against them with a Loud and reasonable voice, they would be shaken to the core and would so look for means to try and cub the masses from easing there heads to fight for what they feel is right..

    - Aruwaji Gideon - 2019-08-28 14:42:10 Quote

  • In Nigeria of today, they're have tagged protests as a coup so as to shut down people's factuality, so as to silence people's voice, we live in a country where military personnel are used to scare the masses from raising their voice. 

    It's only through protest we defend ourselves, and it's the quick and the fastest channel the display our opinions. 

    - IDRIS ABDULHAFEEZ - 2019-08-28 14:42:47 Quote

  • Protest is only a way of showing one's displeasure about any issue and so far no law has been decreed against it once it is done peacefully to achieve it's aim. His movement is still right as far as I'm concerned .

    - Obatimehin Elisha - 2019-08-28 14:44:23 Quote

  • As for me I don't regard a protest as coup. Protests are made when certain number of people have complained about an use both calmly and otherwise and still hasn't gotten a good result from their complaints.

    - Akindutire Samuel - 2019-08-28 14:44:56 Quote

  • What Omoyele Sowore did I don't see anything wrong in it, it was a peaceful protest but the problem we have in Nigeria is that we afraid of saying the truth against our leaders this isn't Illegal but the federal Government viewed it as Coup.

    - Obagunle Paul Kehinde - 2019-08-28 14:46:36 Quote

  • What i have observe now is that, when a protest is carried out to beg the government, it is accepted but when its meant to question or challenge the government, then be ready to be declared a terrorist. Thats not how it should be.

    - Lubem Terzungwe - 2019-08-28 14:47:51 Quote

  • Protest is not illegal infact is a legal way of communicating your grieve to the government but whenever federal government sense any protest that will bring detriment to their leadership.

    Actions like this are been taken which is not suppose to be.

    - Aina Bamidele - 2019-08-28 14:50:02 Quote

  • we call it democracy, and we have the right to voice out if the government isn't in our favour, the protest was threatening the government's seats, so that's why they've allegedly term protest from innocent citizens to coup. 

    - Owolabi Ridwan - 2019-08-28 14:50:04 Quote

  • Protest is not illegal infact is a legal way of communicating your grieve to the government but whenever federal government sense any protest that will bring detriment to their leadership.

    Actions like this are been taken which is not suppose to be.

    - Aina Bamidele - 2019-08-28 14:50:39 Quote

  • A peaceful protest shouldn't be regarded as a coup, but when the protest become violent and harmful and needs the intervention of the security officals it maybe tagged as a coup or the involved group could be tagged a terrorist organization. 

    - Habeeb Ogunwoolu - 2019-08-28 14:54:07 Quote

  • A protest is definitely not a coup, there is a difference in both. Protest as it is isn't an illegal act, it is more like a way of laying your complaints to the government. I don't think it should be banned for whatever reason.

    - Shakirudeen Hassan - 2019-08-28 14:55:18 Quote

  • Protest is coup when citizen are being cheated on and want to express their grievances but when democracy is murdered it is not a coup. When some people in a certain part of the country is protesting for their right with no arm, the government is angry by sending arm men to kill them all but when the other ones are protesting with arms, no killing by the security personnel by security personnel are sent to protect them. 

    - Iniobong Akpan - 2019-08-28 14:57:56 Quote

  • This is was supposed to be democracy but I don't get it. You arrest someone for planning out a peaceful protest to tell you to improve and amend your ways. The same you who protested for days against Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during fuel subsidy removal in his tenure, now this! This is not right.

    - Sneider Juvs - 2019-08-28 14:58:51 Quote

  • Nigeria is a country that practices democracy and  it means government of the people,by the people and for the people. A protest involves a group of people complaining about thier bitterness and the bad situation a government or institution have put them and it is definitely not a coup. There should be freedom of protest and it shouldn’t be banned.

    - Samuel Olaoyenikan - 2019-08-28 15:00:45 Quote

  • I don't think protest is an illegal act especially when it is a peaceful one. It is been done by people to voice out their problems to the government or organization , so i don't see why it should be called a coup

    - Jerry Rinas - 2019-08-28 15:02:19 Quote

  • Everybody is afraid of the unknown both the protester and the government...Sowore is doing the right thing by airing his views on the current situation in Nigeria but the government will always find a way of cracking peaceful pathetic 

    - Uchenna Churchill - 2019-08-28 15:02:22 Quote

  • Lack of proper sensitization both on the part of the government and citizens makes it seem this way. Peaceful protest is totally allowed by the law but in the case of threath to life and property the government can step in and stop such.

    Protest is not a coup and shouldn't be taken as such because it is a recognized means of expressing disatisfaction

    - Joseph Egeolu - 2019-08-28 15:03:01 Quote

  • One thing I understand about this government is that they hate truth and prefers what they do denying the citizens their fundamental human rights. It's only in Nigeria that protest is illegal.

    - Esther David - 2019-08-28 15:04:00 Quote

  • It has been a coup by the government but it is not a coup thing. The government don't want to help matters, they are just making things more difficult by not understand and listening to the reason for the cuop.

    - Chukwuebuka Eze - 2019-08-28 15:05:00 Quote

  • Why would a protest be illegal, in a protest people who come together have one mind and are in agreement a protest is not just done unless there is a really goodreason behind it and am sure the people has beared alot so they just have to speak out so they can bd heard so in my opinion i dont think a protest is illegal or should be regarded illegal.

    - Charity Imonisan - 2019-08-28 15:05:27 Quote

  • If protest is now labeled as coup in Nigeria, it is the fault of Nigerians because we have failed to carry out peaceful protests . We tend to take this idea in a totally wrong way

    - Lydia Ogunlola - 2019-08-28 15:07:38 Quote

  • If protest is now labeled as coup in Nigeria, it is the fault of Nigerians because we have failed to carry out peaceful protests . We tend to take this idea in a totally wrong way

    - Lydia Ogunlola - 2019-08-28 15:08:09 Quote

  • I don't think it should be called a coup, since protest itself is an expression or declaration of objection, , often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid,and it's a peaceful one. 

    - Henry Abiodun - 2019-08-28 15:09:08 Quote

  • The current administration has tagged PROTEST as coup and this is because of the experience of the man leading us who was sometimes a Head of state. Back then, Buhari was sacked from office by Babangida's coup. This is one of the few reasons Buhari is not willing to allow any coup. 

    - Hammed omiyemi - 2019-08-28 15:09:08 Quote

  • From time memorials. Protest has always been for right and not coup. Nigerian should understand that when there's a protest, the citizens rights and obligations is demand. Not coup

    - Ekpedeme Akpan - 2019-08-28 15:12:09 Quote

  • In most countries it is seen as a way of communicating, but here in Nigeria it is seen as a crime .I guess it is because of impatience of the Nigerian protester,that's why the pololice and FG are wary of them

    - Vision Tv - 2019-08-28 15:17:59 Quote

  • This is why the IPOB members are resulting to attacking the political elites outside the country where they know they have limited power. This country does not give respect to freedom of expression anymore 

    - Adeseolu Kazeem - 2019-08-28 15:24:43 Quote

  • Protest is legal everywhere in the country hence is not with arms and other harmful  vices, is a way by which the masses show and express feelings on a particular stuff.  but is unfortunate in our own case it's been regarded as a crime reason I don't know....

    - Odoemenam Onyenwearku - 2019-08-28 15:25:59 Quote

  • protesting is not illegal in Nigeria but this only happens when they protested against the government so they don't really want people to hear what they're protesting against,so they arrest them so that other people will not imagine or start thinking about coming to protect against anything it's just a way they to  shut  Nigerians up.

    - Chinyere Joy - 2019-08-28 15:31:04 Quote

  • Our government is well aware that the protests are harmless and devoid of bad intents. They can clearly differentiate between a couple and a peaceful protest.

    The issue here is that they are afraid of getting their sins thrown right on their face. 

    - Augustine Chinweteoke - 2019-08-28 15:34:04 Quote

  • Oh yes!! It's regarded as a coup in Nigeria because they don't normally carried it out in the proper way it supposed to be.. protests are supposed to be carried out peacefully  not violently that's why it's called peaceful demonstration.. Nigerian's misuses the opportunities to cause commotion than peace 

    - Juliet Eziama - 2019-08-28 15:34:32 Quote

  • Protest It's not supposed to be an illegal thing but due to the facts that Nigerians still has thier military rulers ruling them in as civilians they will still handle Nigeria the way they want. In conclusion we need educated civilians as rulers not military men

    - Mbahaotu Benedict - 2019-08-28 15:34:43 Quote

  • Peaceful protests are not supposed to be illegal but any form of protest that disstabilizes the peace and order of a particular people is illegal. Most people that the idea of protest to mean "Fight" which is not so.

    - Emmanuel Samson - 2019-08-28 15:36:30 Quote

  • Everyone has freedom of association. We all have freedom to criticise government policies but the way we protest atimes turns to be violent. And this in turn bring about threatening the government.

    - Bello Baseer - 2019-08-28 15:47:06 Quote

  • As long as it is a peacefull protest I don't see any thing wrong in it. In a democratic government people use protest to air how they are feeling to the government. 

    - Elvis Boomni - 2019-08-28 15:56:10 Quote

  • Protest is one of the major ways the people in a democratic system of government express their displeasure in the actions of the running government. If we as citizens can't protest why is it  called democracy? Remember that democracy is centered around the opinions and decisions of the people.  I pray for Nigeria

    - Victory Isere - 2019-08-28 16:01:14 Quote

  • A protest is supposed to be a way to which individuals express there feelings towards a particular course but now in Nigeria the government is turning it to another thing.protest in the actual sense is not supposed to be considered as a coup not only in Nigeria but in every part of the world

    - chibuike Benjamin - 2019-08-28 16:03:57 Quote

  • Yes because alot of protesters of today do protest to spoil the image of a public figure mostly common among Nigerian politicians, you will see them protesting not for the sake of the masses but for their own benefit

    - Basit Adeyemi - 2019-08-28 16:09:19 Quote

  • Of course this is Nigeria where they think the citizen don't have a say in the government ... .i think it's right time we prove to them that we matters too and we have a say 

    - Olaleye Victor - 2019-08-28 16:22:05 Quote

  • Nigeria government is good in making false allegations against thier suspects. Peaceful protest is allowed all over the world, they FG ought not to see protest as coup.

    - ONYEKA EKWOCHI - 2019-08-28 16:22:47 Quote

  • Its not new in this part of the world  where the government  tries to silence  it citizens  and the claim they are practicing  democracy.. They stop you from you fundamental human rights 

    - Oludoyi Janet - 2019-08-28 16:24:29 Quote

  • An act of protest is never a coupe. I think the government is not confident in its self probably because they woefully failed to deliver to the expectations of Nigerians nas also, because of their level of illiteracy when it comes to citizens' right to peaceful assembly and others. 

    - Julius Titus - 2019-08-28 16:36:03 Quote

  • Well its not a new thing to get people arrested for airing out their view in this country, we have the freedom of speech but its not for everyone, only few can exercise that freedom, God will help us.

    - Lucas Lucas - 2019-08-28 16:41:28 Quote

  • Actually, the government knows that what they are doing is not right, so they don't want Nigerian to create awareness to the international bodies about the affairs of Nigeria, so they quickly destabilized it, and secondly the group shouldn't have named the protest, revolution, because the word "revolution" sounds like a threat to them

    - Uche Emmanuel Kelechukwu - 2019-08-28 16:41:58 Quote

  • most people have wonderful thought but the way to express it not become illigal has pose a great  problem. the government should see that poeple's right are not restricted in whatever means.

    - UDU EBUBECHI FELIX - 2019-08-28 16:48:02 Quote

  • Frankly speaking, protest isint a coup, its just a way to show your remorseful emotions. But in Nigeria, peiple have turned it into coup where it involves violence.

    Normal protest doesnt involves violence

    - Oluwagbeminiyi Owolewa - 2019-08-28 16:51:34 Quote

  • Illegal protest causing no violence and no damages of properties likewise no danger caused to the life of the citizen are widely accepted in all nation both national and international in which our dearest country isn't exceeded but anything aside this is coup in which the country won't handle with soft hand

    - Abdullahi Nurudeen Olayiwola - 2019-08-28 16:55:42 Quote

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