THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –
On February 6, two days after 2face pulled out of the One Voice Nigeria protest organised by EnoughisEnough (EiE) Nigeria to speak up and stand against recurring poor governance in Nigeria, the protest still went on as the organisers promised.
Nigerian afro-pop singer 2face was expected to lead the protest, but on Saturday night he announced in a video posted on his Instagram page that he was cancelling the protest.
Nigerians anxious to protest the poor state of governance in the country were disappointed by the withdrawal of the afro-pop singer but insisted the protest will go on without him.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the organisers of the protest EiE, announced that the protest in Abuja will hold at Unity Fountain and start at 9am, while in Lagos it will hold at National Stadium and start at 8am.
The organisers want enduring solutions to the problems that Nigerians have been facing for ages. They said:
‘This march is about demanding that all saboteurs of good government policies should hands-off.
‘This march is about encouraging positive minded Nigerians to continue to work without intimidation. We have a system that is clearly designed not to work for the majority.’
People showed up for the protest as scheduled in Abuja and Lagos. According to report, it was a peaceful protest in both cities.
Protesters reported that the police was there to protect protesters and no one was arrested or stopped from protesting.
EiE explained that the protest would demand better security, education, investment in human capital, better health care, improvement in the power supply sector and devolution of powers, transparency, and reduction in the cost of government. It will also demand an end to unemployment, massive decrease in the cost of living and social justice.
‘Poor education plus a struggling economy means a lot of people are unemployed. Unemployed people are hungry and angry.
Food, transportation, medicine, everything is three times, four times more expensive but our salaries haven’t increased. What do we do? There cannot be one set of rules for the poor and another set for the rich,’ the organisers said.
EiE argued that the way to end corruption is to increase transparency.
‘Government finances and contracts must be open and available to all. Who got the money, to do what and by when? Our governance is too expensive – federal, state, local – cars, housing, allowances. We must reduce the cost of maintaining our public officials,’ the group stated.
For some disappointed supporters of the protest, 2face turned out as a coward.
According to a recent report, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo told protesters that the federal government has heard them loud and restated the determination of the administration to recover the economy.