For quite a while now, superstar singer Innocent 2Face Idibia has been firing members of the public to come out and protest against bad governance in Nigeria.
The country’s terrible economy and much more have pushed 2Face to gather people for the protest, which is scheduled to hold on the 6th of February, 2017.
The Nigerian Police however, have no plans of letting the protest to happen.
This is particularly surprising, as 2Face isn’t planning a violent protest. The march will be in a “peaceful and articulate manner,” he said in a video on his Facebook page.
He added: “The need for urgent solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians has become very clear. Things are not getting better for the majority, we are still where we are, poor and desperate. I will no longer be quiet.”
According to Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, they won’t be letting the protest hold because they do not believe 2Face has the ability to handle the expected crowd.
He said: “Information reaching us revealed that some hoodlums are planning to hijack the peaceful protest and at such, we won’t allow it to hold in Lagos. We know that Tuface does not have the capacity to contain such a crowd and we will not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand.”
He added: “No matter how good an intention is, hoodlums would always find a way to harass, rob and attack innocent members of the public who may wish to go about their lawful duties.”
Owoseni added that the police were not officially notified of the protest, and would arrest the African Queen singer if he went on with the protest.
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose however countered Owoseni’s statement, saying: “The duty of the police to secure Nigerians is mandatory, not optional. Therefore, 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.”
He added: “Nigerians are hungry and angry, our currency is now above N500 to $1. If Nigerians want to show their anger, no one should prevent them. Nepotism, extra judicial killings, disobedience to court order and human rights abuses must stop.
“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. Like I said before, I support the protest.”
The protest has drawn support from allover, with lawyers and militants all in support of marching against bad governance.