Emerging reports on the #IStandWithNigeria nationwide protest which took place today, Monday, February 6th, 2017, reveals that the event was successful.
In Lagos, the recorded attendance was in hundreds. Actors and entertainers came out and added their voices while youth organisations flavoured the mix. Charly Boy (a.k.a Area Fada), Seyi Law and a few other Tinsel Actors in addition to a groundswell of protesters, marched round the streets.
The most surprising thing, it was reported, was that the Lagos State Police Commissioner came out too and walked with the Protesters to the National Theatre. His presence was security itself for the protests.
The fact that it was the same police that warned against this protest and reportedly made 2face get cold feet, makes the presence of the police boss at the protest very surprising.
At a point during the march, the APC Chieftain Bola Tinubu, addressed protesters and journalists saying Nigerians should be patient with the political party. He acknowledged the reality that Nigerians are suffering and have the right to protest, but however, said that the party and the economy must be, “retuned”.
Below are some pictures from Lagos state:
I love this guy TBH pic.twitter.com/neiUDzta9l
— Eka (@Lionezz__) February 6, 2017
— EiE Nigeria (@EiENigeria) February 6, 2017
In Abuja, the nation’s capital, the nationwide protest went as planned as protesters marched on Monday morning from Unity Fountain in Maitama District, chanting songs and displaying placards, as they headed towards the presidential villa in the upscale Asokoro District.
They were met by a team of heavily armed anti-riot police personnel, who denied them entry into the Aso Rock villa by barricading the entrance.
Reporting the update on the protest in Abuja, ace writer and producer, Charles Novia wrote:
“In Abuja, we marched to Aso Rock and back, with no harassment by the law enforcement agencies. In fact, the Police were professional and helped clear the way for the protesters.
“Behind the #OneVoiceNigeria protesters, some hundreds of yards away, were obviously paid protesters who were singing pro-Buhari songs and looked like they didn’t even believe in what they were marching for. They were quite ridiculous.
“It was heartwarming to see the distinguished persons who gathered to protest against the government’s policies. The mix of personalities was impressive.”