United States of America based Nigerian academic, media scholar at Kennesaw State University, Georgia, Professor Farooq Kperogi says the attack on activist, Deji Adeyanju by thugs was planned from Nigerian government residence, Aso Rock.
Aso Rock is Nigeria’s government seat of power, housing the President and Vice President.
The thugs, suspected to be supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari regime, while chanting “Sai Baba Buhari!” attacked Adeyanju with other protesters demanding for the release of Publisher of Sahara Reporters Omoyele Sowore and incarceratted journalist, Agba Jalingo.
Farooq in a post on his Facebook page, title “Aso Rock Planned Deji Adeyanju’s Attack”, saidhe was informed of the attack by a member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
His post read, “I feel a tinge of guilt over the barbarous attacks on peaceful protesters by sponsored Aso Rock thugs in Abuja yesterday. My guilt stems from the fact that a senior member of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) reached out to me on December 16 via social media private message to give me a foreknowledge of what happened yesterday.”
“He said agents of the Presidency invited executives of the NYCN to the Presidential Villa and asked them to not only speak out against the planned anti-regime protests by civil society groups but to also stage a counter-protest. When officials of the group said their organization was non-partisan and won’t do what the Villa wanted them to do, Villa agents got angry and decided to inaugurate a new “National Youth Council.”
“They are organising a counter protest in the name of youth council,” he said. He wanted me to alert the world. But I got too busy and didn’t get round to doing it. Then I woke up yesterday to news of the primitive, bloodstained brutalization of civil society protesters, including Deji Adeyanju, by “youths” shouting “Sai Baba Buhari!”
“My exposing the fact that Aso Rock was paying “youths” to counter civil society protests might not have changed anything, but I’d at least be at peace with myself that I did the right thing”