Apparently fed up with the state of the economy and the deteriorating standard of living, Nigerians are for the first time, calling for a massive nationwide protest against the government.
The march which is slated for the 5th of February, 2017, will see thousands of protesters take to the streets across the country in a call for good governance, an urgent explanation as to why the nation’s economy is plunging downhill and so much more.
In solidarity, music legend 2face Idibia has on Wednesday morning taken 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.
Here’s what he wrote:
“FIRST MASSIVE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS ON THE 5TH OF FEBRUARY, 2017.
“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 the legislature, No to the 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 has now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest these obnoxious and baseless policies and excuses of the government of the day.
“Where are the recovered looted funds?
“Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there’s no money to pay workers?
“Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before?
“Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, Fulani herdsmen and IPOB without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keep aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects?
“Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant re-awakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel?
“Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 naira per litre as against 50 naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government.
“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.”
This wake-up call by Nigerians and for Nigerians seems like a cue taken from the Americans whom on Tuesday, marched out in millions against Trump on the first day of his administration, a build- up of more resistance to come.
Consequently, a growing resistance movement of more than 100 actions is now planned as a nationwide protest in America, to demand the U.S. Senate reject President Donald Trump’s ‘Swamp Cabinet of billionaires, racists, and climate-change deniers’.
In other words, the nationwide protest in a statement is demanding, marching, and organizing to ensure Trump and the GOP don’t take away their healthcare, destroy public education, pollute their air and water, and put in charge billionaires and racists who look out for only themselves at the expense of the rest of the citizens.