SINCE singer Innocent Idibia took to Facebook in a video, calling Nigerians to join a scheduled nation-wide protest on Monday, February 6, for the return of good governance, more people have welcomed the idea.
The nine minutes and 14 seconds video which was posted on Tuesday, by Idibia, who is popularly known as 2Baba, on his Facebook account, had garnered over 290, 000 views, over 19, 000 reactions and 11, 818 shares by Thursday afternoon.
In the video with the hashtag #WeWillProtest, 2Baba implored Nigerians from different walks of life to join in the protest march, saying he is only a musician. Noting that the problem of Nigeria as beyond the president, the artiste said “we have a system that is clearly designed not to work for the majority.”
He also said the Lagos leg of the march scheduled to hold at the National Stadium, Surulere, is not arranged by the organised private sector, politicians, or based on religion or ethnicity. He said the protest was to call the government attention to the deplorable level of education, food security, unemployment, healthcare, power and social justice which has continue to negatively affect Nigerians’ standard of living.
While Blackface, one of the member of 2Baba’s former band, Plantashun Boiz, posted a controversial piece which attacked 2Baba’s intention, many other artistes including Davido, Burna Boy, Charly Boy, Ruggedman, I Go Dye, and popular ‘Galala’ singer, Daddy Showkey have declared their support for the protest.
However, Lagos State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni said he would not allow the planned protest because it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
“Information reaching us revealed that some hoodlums are planning to hijack the peaceful protest,” Owoseni told The Nation newspaper on Wednesday.
“And as such, we won’t allow it to hold in Lagos. We know that 2face do not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand.”