Wednesday, 1 February 2017


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In a country full of myriad challenges anything is expected from anybody but did we expect this one from Nigerian’s foremost artist 2Face Idibia?

Social Media have been agog since the iconic singer declared his intention to lead a national protest against the Federal Government for its continual failure to deliver good governance to the people of Nigeria. While a good number of Nigerians who are tired of been tired welcomed the idea, some opined that the planned march is a sheer waste of time and an idea conceived out of the illiteracy of an uneducated artist. Hmmmm, who could have said that, BlackFace did!

Image result for photos of plantashun boizBlackFace, 2Face and Faze are the faces that made up the then Plantashun boys music group. The group and their relationship fell apart over a decade ago with 2Baba emerging as the most successful of the trio. Blackface released another tweet this morning saying the planned protest is baseless, useless and has a political undertone so people should not come out for the rally.

Blackface is not the only critic of the said march. Professor Akindele Adetoye who has apologized for his harsh words on 2Baba is also a well-known critic. Other critics have gone as far as digging out his dirty books questioning his moral standing in leading a protest. So many others have pointed out he is been sponsored by political heads who are opposition of the present Buharian government of Nigeria. Those in this school of thought have long flown into action by planning a counter-rally slated for 5th February, 2017 same day with 2Face’s planned protest march. As we await more support and critics on this I want to say ENOUGH OF THE DRAMA NIGERIANS!

The divisiveness of Nigerians is becoming unbecoming. I am beginning to think on what front can Nigerians be united? Sadly, we fight each other on everything good or bad. Would you rather the march was in support of the government or you doubt the protest will make any meaningful impact?

Image result for photos of protesting Nigerians“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox. History has shown that protest is the most peaceful and viable way for any group of persons to express their dissatisfaction to any government. When large numbers of people take to the streets in protest, politicians and other key decision-makers notice. They may not always act, but they notice. It increases visibility of the cause; it demonstrates the people’s power and it promote a sense of solidarity. 

Time will not permit me to tell you stories of successful protest both here in Nigeria and outside (I don’t like lengthy write-ups) but I must say that our fear in this is not the effective impact of protests but our lack of trust for one another. Why should we kick against such a viable cause except for our doubt for the true intent of the convener? While some critics are blatantly ignorant and political, others have genuine fears and concerns for the authenticity of the protest. Is 2Face been sponsored by some political god heads that are anti-APC? Is 2Face doing this for his own selfish interest? The questions are endless.

Those are my questions too. Since I didn’t get 2Face to interview on this, I needed to take a stand as a patriotic Nigerian hoping that my support for 2Face led national protest will be one I will live to forever cherish and it will be one that posterity will remember us for as voices that made a difference for good governance in Nigeria.

I have read passionately all his release as regards this protest and I have drawn a conclusion that it is not a cause to criticize but to support. The issues on ground in Nigeria which he mentioned are real and it’s time to be vocal about certain responsibility that comes with governance.

The march is not to demean any government official but to help the government in making good policies that will facilitate solutions to Nigeria’s numerous problems and also to ask that all saboteurs of good policies hands-off. Should there be any undertone, time shall tell but for now let us support this cause for the good of our land. #NigeriaUnite. 

Read 2Baba’s release below as he gives more detail on the march: 

I want to thank EiE, The 2face Foundation, numerous colleagues and countless fellow Nigerians for stepping up to partner with me. I am just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans.

I have dedicated my time and resources to peace building, voter education towards peaceful elections and youth engagement in governance in Nigeria. This time around, my partners, colleagues and I have come together to present a platform for real Nigerians to communicate their real pains to government at all levels in a peaceful and articulate manner with a view to getting lasting solutions to our problems.

This march is about demanding that all saboteurs of good government policies should hands off.

I am just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans.

This march is about encouraging positive minded Nigerians to continue to work without intimidation.

We have a system that is clearly designed not to work for the majority.

What is this march not about?

It is not a platform for politicians of any party to manipulate. I know you will still spin it but for one second leave your battles aside and just listen to people without trying to score cheap political points against one another. It is not a point scoring exercise. It is certainly not personal.

It is not an organized labour platform. With all due respect to our comrades who have done much for Nigeria, this march is for the unrepresented.

It is not a ‘my religion or tribe is better than yours’ matter. All our blood is red.

I, Innocent Idibia, am a living example of a Nigerian who owes their success to Nigerians of every tribe and religion. None ask what religion or tribe I am before supporting me. I am grateful.

Therefore, it is with every sense of humility that I say that with this march, I want:

1) Security

All Nigerians’ lives MUST matter. My religion, ethnicity or what part of the country I live shouldn’t determine the type of protection I get from my government.

According to the Constitution, ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.’

2) Education

To develop beyond oil, we have to invest in our human capital. Every child must have access to quality education. If our teachers are not paid, how will we raise the next generation to lead the country and run our businesses?

3) Health

Health is wealth. People die daily from lack of basic, affordable health care. We can definitely do better.

4) Power

Government needs to make it easier to generate power at the state and local government level so everything is not tied to the center. We need electricity to be productive. The cost of generating our own power is crippling.

5) Unemployment

Poor education plus a struggling economy means a lot of people are unemployed. Unemployed people are hungry and angry.

6) High cost of living

Food, transportation, medicine, everything is 3 times, 4 times more expensive but our salaries haven’t increased. What do we do???

7) Social Justice

According to the Constitution, ‘The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of democracy and social justice.’

There cannot be one set of rules for the poor and another set for the rich.

8) Transparency

The best way to kill corruption is to increase transparency. Government finances and contracts must be open and available to all. Who got the money, to do what and by when?

9) Cost of government

Our governance is TOO expensive – federal, state, local – cars, housing, allowances. We must reduce the cost of maintaining our public officials

10) Patriotism

I stand with Nigeria. There is enough in Nigeria for all of us to ‘chop belleful’. Enough is enough. We must put Nigeria first and keep all the greedy & selfish people away from leadership.

Call to Action

Between now and Monday, February 6, I ask you to share via videos, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, SMS to 0902-355-5335. How are these issues affecting you? What are your daily struggles? How is it doing you? No matter what part of the world you are, I encourage you to share your stories. And join me on Monday in Surulere or online

Use any of the hashtags #IStandWith2Baba #IStandWithNigeria #OneVoiceNigeria on social media.

We will take all the reports and send them to our elected representatives as ONE VOICE of Nigerians across party, ethnic and religious lines – as they hear real people talk about real issues.

On Monday, February 6, meet me at the National Stadium at 8AM and we’ll walk to the National Theatre – 2 national icons that epitomize our decline – as we state clearly and peacefully that #IStandWithNigeria and Nigeria must work for all of us and all of us must work for Nigeria.

Thank you! God bless Nigeria!!!

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