2Face Idibia encourages Nigerians to take part in a Nationwide protest against the Buhari Government
A few days ago Nigerian superstar musician, 2Face Idibia, used social media to urge his friends and fans to protest against the President Buhari government.
“I will not keep quiet. I’m just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans. I have dedicated my time and resources to peace building, voter’s education towards peaceful elections and youth engagement in governance in Nigeria. This march is about demanding that our leaders connect with all the people of Nigeria,” says 2Face.
Due to security concerns and public safety considerations, the musician later announced via his Instagram account that he would be cancelling the march. Many Nigerians were in full support of the protest so news of its cancellation saddened many of them. Some fans even called him a coward for it.
However, the protest wouldn’t be demolished that easily, and there were many Nigerians that would make sure of it. On Monday, February 6th, despite news of the cancellation and warnings by the police, hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and many other states in the country to protest against the struggling economic conditions and a brutal insurgency in the Country.
The protest was organized by Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EiE Nigeria), which consists of a coalition of activists in the Country. The hashtag #IStandWithNigeria was the official social messaging used for the protest.
According to News Week, Nigeria fell into a recession in 2016 after a global fall in commodity prices and a downturn in its oil production caused by militant attacks on pipelines in the oil-rich Niger Delta. The country is also dealing with a massive humanitarian crisis by Boko Haram – an Islamist militant group that has displaced more than two million people from their homes within the past 7 years. The most notable case was the 276 Chibok girls who were kidnapped from their Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. There are roughly 196 girls who are still missing to this day.
Protesters also brought attention to the fact that President Buhari has been out of Nigeria since early January and has yet to return. Buhari set out to the U.K. for a vacation on January 19, and also used the trip to handle his medical needs.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo – who has assumed the role of acting President in Buhari’s absence, has made several statements about the government being aware of the people’s concerns.
“To those who are on the streets protesting the economic situation and those who are not, but feel the pain of economic hardship, we hear you. You deserve a decent life and we are working night and day to make life easier.” Said Osinbajo.
On May 2015, Buhari came into power making many promises to the Nigerian people such as – putting an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, reducing the Country’s dependency on oil and cracking down on corruption. Although he has made progress in reclaiming most of the territory owned by the Boko Haram, many Nigerians complain that he just isn’t doing enough.
See below for photos and videos of the nationwide protest and comment your thoughts below.
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