The Coalition for Revolution has vowed not to back down on its five-point demand.
The co-convener of the group, Kunle Ajayi, said this at a press conference on Monday in Lagos while stating the position of the movement.
He said “we want to state that the coalition for revolution will continue. We want to inform our comrades that were attacked all over the country today that we have just begun.
“We want to tell President Buhari that your bullets and armoury will continue to fail you because Nigerians did not vote for you to shoot them. Nigerians voted for what you lied you will give them, change. ”
“After you lost elections three times, you protested in this country. Your supporters not only protested like we are doing today, but they protested with matchets and bullets and killed a lot of people in this country but we will not go that way.
“In 2011, you supported the Arab spring, commended the Egyptian police for not allowing themselves to be used against the people and you called for a revolution in Nigeria and this is what we are doing today.
“GMB has shown that he is a military dictator and tyrant and has shown he tricked Nigerians to come back to be a selected president. ”
“Nigerians should stand up and defend the five-point demand of the coalition movement which includes demand for an end to insecurity and systemic corruption.
“We demand the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore that was arrested for saying another Nigeria is possible. We demand for the release of all our comrades arrested today across the country including Gabriel Ojuba the convener of United Action for Democracy and Victor a reporter with SaharaReporters.
“It is a pity that the Nigerian police have allowed itself to be used against the same people that went to the barricade to fight for their welfare. ”
Earlier on Monday, members of the coalition gathered at the National Stadium in Lagos to protest but were dispersed almost immediately by members of the Nigerian police who teargassed the protesters and fired shots to disperse them.
Several of the protesters were also arrested and moved to the Area C police command in the state.
On Saturday, the Inspector-General of Police had issued a statement warning that anybody who came out for the protest on Monday would be treated as one who has committed treason against the state. The police claimed that the sole aim of the movement was to topple the government.