Nura Ilyasu, the man who climbed a telecommunications mast in Abuja on Wednesday to protest the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, has finally descended.
Ilyasu touched ground voluntarily, after security operatives acceded to his request that he must address the press upon his descent.
Speaking after he descended, Ilyasu said he climbed the mast to protest the economic hardship in the country, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari does not deserve another four years in office.
“My name is Nura Ilyasu. I am 28 years old. What I did is 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.
“What we are going through in this country is not from God. Some microscopic-view individuals hijacked all that God endowed Nigeria with for 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.
“Other competent candidates are there; even Saraki, Atiku, Kwankwaso, Tambuwal, Dankwambo and others. At least one of these [men] will make a good President.
“I don’t believe General Buhari deserves another four-year term in Nigeria because the pervasive hunger and poverty in Nigeria is inexplicable. I don’t have mental disorder as being insinuated by some people.”
When asked how he felt now that he had come down from the mast, Ilyasu said he was full of life and mentally stable, before he was later taken away by security operatives.