Sequel to the February 5th planned protest by 2face Idibia, Nollywood actress, Funke Adesiyan has aired her opinion on the matter, presenting an alternative way of bringing about the change we want in Nigeria rather that engaging in a protest.
According to the actress who contested and lost a House of Assembly seat in Oyo State during the 2014 general elections, “it’s not enough for us to protest, it’s more important for us, youths of this beloved nation to get involved in governance”.
Funke Adesiyan shared a post on Instagram and tagged 2face Idibia himself. She wrote:
“When people ask me why I joined politics, I tell them from the truest of my heart that it is because I got tired of how things were being done in my country. It’s not enough for us to protest, it’s more important for us, youths of this beloved nation to get involved in governance.
“You could try many times before achieve it. Even if you fail all the time, you are a champion amongst those who didn’t try at all. Lets look around us, we will realize that we the youths are the driving force of our nation. We are smart, intelligent, agile and we possess many more special qualities.
“Let’s not waste it protesting to a deaf horse. I hereby advice we the youths of this nation, the most important part of nation building to rise and OCCUPY governance. Contest for public offices and be the change you so desire. God bless us all and God bless Nigeria.
“Funke Adesiyan. @seunoloketuyi @gbobaniyifemidavies @baddosneh @official2baba.”
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari came into power in 2015 with a mantra of ‘change’. But presently, even the blind in Nigeria can see that the condition of the nation has gone from bad to worse within the past eighteen months just as the health condition of the president has not been any better.
Many months after taking over the reins of power, Buhari and his team were busy blaming the immediate past government of Goodluck Jonathan for all the problems in Nigeria and casting aspersions on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), while making every effort to convince Nigerians that Jonathan left no inheritance whatsoever for the new government.
In the midst of the blame games, the little life left of the Nigerian economy was snuffed out, launching its citizens into economic recession, resulting to hunger and lack.
As the venom of the ‘recession viper’ travelled farther into the blood streams of the masses, many prominent Nigerians like Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, warned President Muhammadu Buhari to fix the country or a revolution may break out.
Similarly, Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, urged the president to return to his inaugural address to the nation, incorporate his ruling party’s blueprint and redirect the ship of state or risk a revolution.
The poor masses who have long waited for an opportunity to vent finally got a chance on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, when music legend, 2face Idibia, took to his Instagram account to call on Nigerians under the #NigeriaFirstPartners umbrella to support and turn out en masse for the nationwide protest against the Nigerian Government.
The Pop singer, born Innocent Idibia, announced that he would be leading a nationwide protest, against “obnoxious policies” implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration on Sunday, February 5.
“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.
“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.”
Unfortunately, however, the opinion of Funke Adesiyan seems not to have bought over many people as more Nigerians tweet their support for the move by 2face.