On Saturday, Nigeria’s 2Baba also known as 2Face called off the nationwide One Voice Nigeria protest which was set to hold on Monday, 6th March, citing security reasons.
Last week 2Baba called on Nigerians to join him in a nationwide protest against the Nigerian government and its incompetencies. He tagged it the One Voice Nigeria Protest
The call caused different reactions as many supported him and praised him for taking a stand for the average Nigerian.
On the other hand, some accused the pop star of having ulterior motives and some even implied that he is not in the right place to lead nationwide protests.
On Thursday the Nigerian police released a statement urging 2baba to cancel the protest due to hoodlums planning to ‘hijack’ the protest. After the warning 2baba was even more determined that the march would hold.
But suddenly on Saturday evening, he recanted and released a short video saying the protest has been canceled. His statement read:
“Dear Nigerians, after due consultations, it has become clear that the #OneVoice Nigerian protest scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja on Monday the 6th of February is under serious threat of hijack by interests not aligned with our ideals,” 2Face said in a video clip on his Instagram page.
“The point and intent I’m making is not worth the life of any Nigerian. I, therefore announce the cancellation of the planned protest. We will share further information in due course.
“I appreciate the massive support and I am convinced that our voices have been heard.”
EIE Nigeria, an organization described as a ‘coalition of young Nigerians promoting good governance and citizen engagement’ on their social media partnered with 2baba for the protests.
However despite 2baba’s announcement and even though he is the initial brain behind the idea, EiE took to their twitter page to announce that the One Voice Nigeria protest will still hold. They said his pulling out changes nothing.
The organization stated that 2Baba had notified them of his conversation with security officers regarding the protest, but security fears had not been allayed by his conversation with them.
The protests will begin at the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos at 8 am. In Abuja, it will begin by 9 am at the Unity square.
See more on Enough Is Enough (EiE)’s page here: https://twitter.com/EiENigeria