BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Six days ago, Nigerian music legend, 2Face Idibia announced a planned massive nationwide protest on February 5, 2017 being put together by the NigeriaFirst Partners.
‘FIRST MASSIVE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS ON THE 5TH OF FEBRUARY, 2017.
A call for good governance.
A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide.
A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary… You have all failed us.
We the people are tired. We can no longer continue with all of you. All your excuses and mistakes are not funny. We do not wish to continue with a system and government that is not working but afflicting the people. We the people of this country not living under the privileges of government allowances and remuneration have now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policies and excuses of the government of the day.
Where are the recovered looted funds?
Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there’s no money to pay workers?
Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before?
Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, fulani heardsmen and ipob without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keeps aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects?
Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant re-awakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel?
Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 naira per litre as against 50 naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government.
There’s need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail.’
The post which has now been taken down generated truckloads of reactions with some bashing him for attempting to take credit for other people’s movement. This misunderstanding prompted the artiste to put up another post explaining his reason for the earlier post.
I am blessed to have a platform that allows me to reach a lot of people at a time. I believe this voice also comes with a responsibility to use it to speak up for my people. So, when I received the broadcasts that had been going round for some days calling for protests against the state of the country I posted it in a show of support. My intention was never to take credit for the movement but rather amplify the voices of the organization credited with the widely circulated message. To my colleagues that have joined their voices to this call, thank you for showing the Nigerian people they are not alone. I remain committed to contributing to the well being of my people in any little way I can. One love! #WeWillmarch
2Face is still getting abuse. Most of it by people who, in their very finite wisdom, think he does not possess the moral standing to “lead” a protest against the government.
I have posts asking him to “put his house in order first” before attempting “put the country in order”. These talks are not only ridiculous but also as vile and myopic as the government the organisers of the protest plan to go after.
2Face is a father of many nations, shey? Good! Whose family or corporate business is it? Or how does that stop him from owning the right to criticise and speak up against a government he thinks is way off track.
Tubaba is not going around supporting a protest against Yoruba Demons or asking men to keep their dicks in their pants. Neither is he trying to tell people how to run their personal lives. His grouse is against public officials who are accountable to every Nigeria regardless of their moral shortcomings.
In fact, it is whose job description to determine what constitutes moral slips?
It is fine to have President Muhammadu Buhari as your life leader and role model, but don’t let your unparalleled love for this government make you attempt criticisms and comparisons that aren’t even expected from a 3-year-old.
Most of the moral high standers throwing words at him are probably worse off. But that’s the country we live in. One where hypocrisy flies around in first-class seats.
The fact that he was gifted with cars by a state governor when he wedded Annie is still not enough reason to attack him. That wasn’t him selling his birthright like Esau.
2Face has the right to criticise HIS government just like EVERY other NIGERIAN regardless of their religious, tribal, sexual or political affiliation. Those who think otherwise need to get their heads checked.