The young man who climbed a mast in Abuja in protest against President Buhari’s government has descended.
Nura Ilyasu, 28, was seen high up the mast on Wednesday and refused to come down despite pleas. Security operatives were reportedly able to communicate with him via phone.
He reportedly sought assurance from security operatives that he’d be allowed to speak to the press if he gets down.
He got down from the mast after his demands were met.
Ilyasu told newsmen after he descended that what he did was “within the purview of the law.”
“My human right is to protest peacefully and I never threatened my life or any other person,” he said.
He further said he had planned to stay on the mast for seven days hunger strike, and described the government as clueless and incompetent.
“What we are going through in this country is not from God. Some microscopic-view individuals hijacked all that God endowed Nigeria with for a decent life, and we can’t continue like this. I climbed up for seven days hunger strike to protest the incompetence and cluelessness, to protest presidential impunity and general docility displayed by the masses. We can’t continue like this,” he is quoted to have said.
“Other competent candidates are there; even Saraki, Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Dankwambo and others. At least one of these [men] will make a good President.”
Ilyasu said he was mentally fit and only wanted to protest against Buhari from returning to office in 2019.
“I don’t believe General Buhari deserves another four-year term in Nigeria because of the pervasive hunger and poverty in Nigeria is inexplicable. I don’t have a mental disorder as being insinuated by some people,” he said.