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“We are also speaking to YOU” – EiE tells Gov. Fayose after he declared support for the Planned Protest led by Musician 2Baba

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Civil Society Organisation, Enough is Enough Nigeria, has replied Governor Ayo Fayose’s tweet stating that he is in support, and will be part of the planned protest organised by musician 2Baba, in partnership with the organisation.

Fayose had declared his support on Tuesday night saying he will be “part of any protest aimed at rescuing our country from dictatorship and nepotism”

In a three-tweet reply on Wednesday, EiE, listing some parts of the demands of protesters, said that Fayose is part of the people, the protesters are speaking to.

2Baba had released a statement on what the protest is about. See below:

Hello my fellow Nigerians…

Since the idea of a nationwide march was first mentioned, the need for urgent solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians has become very clear. The people have hoped for a better Nigeria since 1999 but things are not getting any better for the majority. We are still where we are – poor and desperate. I will be no longer be quiet.

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.
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.

6 Comments

  1. mimi

    February 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    yes oh pls tell him….before they turn it to a political protest….we are speaking to all of you

  2. Ade

    February 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Good that Nigerians are now demanding accountability and it should spread across all chains of government. Organizers of the protest should ensure it is not hijacked by political miscreants like Fayose. It is a protest to demand accountability and not a means for unnecessary hate or a platform for other opposition parties. Similarly, it should be a regular occurrence to keep all arms of the government on its toes.

    I wish all protesters well because any different opinion about the protest is automatically interpreted as being a thief or a means to use some ethnic stereotypes. May the protest bring the right results.

  3. Anne

    February 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    The Lord is your strength. I will be praying for you. Faith and works and I don’t expect anyone to get me wrong at this juncture as if i am saying prayers alone. Both must work together. When people started committing suicide or thinking about it in a country like Nigeria, that’s when the seriousness of this dilapidated condition hit me. We are a strong nation and suicide was not an epidemic . Someone must be a voice for the people. Enough is Enough .

  4. Memoir

    February 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Ayo Fayose whose govt has collected bail out funds at least twice from Federal govt( Buhari) and still can’t pay salaries to workers in his state wants to join protest against govt?? LoL These politricians really take Nigerians for a fool…People must arise lets take our country back from these shameless cluless old brigades..soon he will defect to APC ..Animals in human skin

  5. 3ples

    February 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    if Fayose is allowed to join this protest, then the purpose will be defeated #Nopoliticianis allowed

  6. molarah

    February 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Chai see ela. Pele Fayose ehn. Go and pay your civil servants their salaries.

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