The Oyo State chapter of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has codemned the decision of the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde to join and address Youths who are protesting against bad governance and insecurity in the country on June 12.
DAILY GIST reports that Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde on Saturday joined and addressed some Buhari-Must-Go protesters in Ibadan while driving back home along Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo state.
The youths who marched from Mokola to Sango area and chanted “Buhari must go” said President Muhammadu Buhari had failed and must leave for those who are capable of leading a country as complex as Nigeria.
The protesters had told the security operatives that they were ready to die for the betterment of the country.
Among their demands was the resignation of President Buhari.
According to them the president has failed in addressing the challenges in the country, including that of insecurity.
Makinde shocked the protesters when he drove himself to the venue with little security to address them.
Clad in a brown attire, governor Makinde emerged amidst cheers and loud praises.
In a video made available to DAILY GIST on Saturday, The governor could be seen addressing the hundreds of protesters who stormed the streets of ibadan to express thier dissatisfaction against Buhari government.
But Oyo State chapter of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) while reacting to the governor decision said Makinde’s appearance at the protest was mischievous.
The party noted that Makinde was not genuinely part of the protest.
The party in a statement signed by its Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun commended the protesters on their determination to carry on with the protest despite what the party described as “distraction created by the Governor.”
The party in the statement made available to Journalists on Monday, described the sudden appearance of Makinde as mischievous and deceptive at the protest organised by hundreds of youths and workers in ibadan.
The party said that it was unfortunate that Makinde had continued to remain indifferent to the plight of thousands of youths who are often used as casual workers under a terribly precarious and slavery working conditions in some private companies in the State
The party noted that the appearance of the Governor was meant to create a false impression that the PDP-led government in the State is not a part of the failure over insecurity and economic crisis that Nigeria is witnessing.
“It is our belief in SPN that the Governor’s appearance at the protest was never genuine or conceived to identify with the protest and its demands as insinuated in some media reports.
”Rather it was meant to create a false impression that the PDP-led government in the state, premised on the same anti-poor profit first philosophy and agenda as Buhari/APC -led federal government is not a part of the failure over insecurity and economic crisis that were the basis of the protest.
“It was also a game plan to detract from the objective of the protest by simply using money to toy with the beggarly economic condition of the protesting workers and youths.
“Unfortunately, the dubious game plan was obviously affirmed by the open fight that broke out among some protesters while struggling to share the needless and unsolicited money given by the Governor.
“SPN frown against the usual traditional of the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government of using money to take advantage of the condition of misery faced by most youths in the state.
”No wonder the government has continued to remain indifferent to the plight of thousands of youths who are often used as casual workers under a terribly precarious and slavery working conditions across some private companies in Oyo State like SUMAL FOOD LIMITED, NIGERIA EAGLES FLOUR MILLS LIMITED, ZARTECH FOOD LIMITED among others.
“This is besides the cost of education which continues to be unavoidable for many youths in the State despite the recently announced 25% cosmetic reduction of unstipulated amount of payable fees in certain Institutions like LAUTECH. Therefore, as far as we are concerned in SPN such a government cannot be said to be pro- youths in anyway,” he stated.