Security agents have surrounded the National Stadium in Surulere , Lagos , in anticipation of the # RevolutionNow protest march scheduled to hold today .
The security agents have the OP MESA vans parked around the stadium .
The Operation MESA or OP MESA, as it is commonly referred to , is a joint Internal Security Operational platform made up of the Army , the Navy and the Air Force .
Mr. Omoyele Sowore , publisher of the online medium , Sahara Reporters , who was also the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 General Election , had called for the staging of the # RevolutionNow in what he described as a protest against bad governance in the country .
He was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services at his home on Saturday .
The DSS had said that Sowore was arrested “for threatening public safety , peaceful co -existence and social harmony in the country . ”
The agency called on Nigerians to disregard “ threat of revolution ” issued by him .
The organisers of the protest had said they will not be deterred by the arrest of their leader, Sowore .
One of the organisers, who is the General Secretary , United Action for Democracy and member of the Socialist Workers and Youth League , Mr. Kunle Ajayi , had vowed to go on with the mass action .
“ # RevolutionNow : They think they can stop an idea whose time has come. You have plenty to arrest .
We will show you all that our generation cannot continue with your state madness .
We will hand over a better world to our children .
The time to act is now !!!” Ajayi said via his Twitter handle , @ AjayiWizeman on Saturday .
Ajayi’ s post was accompanied with a picture showing five members of the protest group holding a banner with the inscription, “# RevolutionNow .
Time to act is now !”
“ This arrest is not surprising to us . We know that the Presidency has tried everything in their powers to discredit and dampen our struggle , ” he said .
Ajayi , in a statement on Saturday , had spoken on behalf of the Lagos chapter of the AAC , calling for more mobilisation in defiance of the government order banning the scheduled action.
He said , “The Lagos branch of the African Action Congress condemns Sowore ’ s arrest and (President Muhammadu ) Buhari ’ s stubborn and cruel antidemocratic credentials.
“ We believe that the # RevolutionNow will outlive all forces of repression , particularly the Buhari Presidency .
“ We call on the Coalition for Revolution and other organisers to continue with the mobilisation.
A failed government cannot use force to make the mass of people to accept its failure. ”
Another group , the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution , vowed that the mass action planned to commence on Monday would go on as planned despite Sowore ’ s arrest .
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