The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, on Thursday, declared that his command will not allow the planned national protest against the government to hold in the metropolis due to reports indicating that criminals might hijack the process to wreak havoc in Lagos.
Reacting to the news of the ban, Governor Fayose said the Federal Government must be made to understand that leadership is about accountability and to be accountable, leaders must listen to public opinion either by civil or peaceful protest.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reminded the commissioner that it is a mandatory and not optional duty of the police to secure Nigerians.
He said that if there is any intelligence report suggesting the possibility of criminals hijacking the process, it is the duty of the police to provide security cover for the protesters.
Fayose stressed that the protest is for and about good governance, therefore, no one needs to be afraid nor jittery about it.To further justify the protest, Fayose said Nigerians are hungry and angry, given that the naira is now above N500 to $1. Therefore if Nigerians want to show their anger, no one should prevent them. He adds that nepotism, extra-judicial killings, disobedience to court orders and human rights abuses must stop.
Reiterating his support for the protest, Fayose said the conscience is an open wound and the guilty is afraid. If the APC-led Federal Government is now acting as if the protest is against it, it means the federal government has accepted to be guilty as charged.
Meanwhile, another group – the National Career Fair, NCF, which is an initiative of Imperial Integrated Project, has blasted 2face Idibia saying he has no right to go ahead with any protest because he has not proven himself a worthy Nigerian.
In an open letter signed by the NCF convener, Shogbamu Oluwaseun, the group reminded Tuface how he abandoned Nigeria and went all the way to Dubai just to have his wedding, stressing that if he were a true Nigerian, that event would have happened in Nigeria.
Analyzing 2face Idibia’s contribution to the society, the group said the artiste’s failure to contribute to youth development and job creation in Nigeria, leaves them questioning the authenticity of the VOTE NOT FIGHT campaign initiated by him.
They also questioned why 2Baba has been quiet about the gory situation in his own state of origin – Benue state, where every day, a fisher man or farmer is reportedly killed by Fulani herds men.
Pointing out that one doesn’t wear P.O.P all over his or her body when only the arm is fractured, the group argued that the national protest may not truely be a national one.
NCF said the main question Nigerians need to answer is- “is he doing this for people because he feels their pains or just to score cheap publicity points in a process that sees him dropping a new record or body of work?”
They asked the African Queen crooner to mention how many artistes/talents within his FESTAC or Benue home he has signed to a record label or mentored to become a successful artiste? (Olamide, Wizkid, DonJazzy, Davido are worthy examples). Hear them:
“Just two years ago, he staged a well-attended wedding ceremony in Dubai, contributing to the GDP of another country, ignoring our own local event planners, vendors and caterers. Unlike some other young successful entrepreneurs like Akin Alabi (CEO, Nairabet), Sijibomi Ogundele, Ifeanyi Uba, Toyin Lawani (CEO, Tiannah Empire) who are job creators and also inspires other youths towards positive inclinations, one can ask how much support Mr. Idibia has given to youth empowerment initiatives in our Nation.
In March 2009, a march against power failure was organized, however it made no headway, as up till today we bask in darkness. My point here is based on the fact that the opposition party always uses this march as a tool to make the ruling government look weak (for example, it’s no news that the APC was behind the march against subsidy removal by President Jonathan in 2012.“
NCF said the motive behind these marches is always the main drive, and Nigerians need to be certain about their security during the march because that walk of freedom might just be a set up.
Proposing that the opposition may be pushing the march to provoke the armed forces of the ruling government, thus causing casualties, or worse still, planning with the armed forces to injure or kill innocent protesters and blame it on the presidency. The group pointed out that either ways, we (the masses) get to suffer for it.
NCF therefore urged all youths to refocus their energies and time towards self-discovery, skills & talent acquisition, and entrepreneurship development activities, as well as emulate several career role models who have created their success stories amidst difficulties.