Monday, February 6, 2017
Nigerian Protesters March Against Maladministration in Lagos and Abuja
Nigerians from different locations Monday morning marched on the streets of the megacity of Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and others marched to the gates of the Aso Villa State House of President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital, Abuja. They carried placards with messages on the different cases of economic hardship affecting the poor masses and other Nigerians.
Popular Nigerian singer, Mr. Innocent Idibia, aka "2Baba" had called for a nationwide protest march against the new administration of the Federal Government, because of the high costs of goods and services, increasing population of unemployed youths and national insecurity. He said the street protest would be held on Sunday, February 5, and later he changed the date to Monday, February 6. But he suddenly cancelled it for security reasons, because of the fears of the protest becoming a street riot. His last minute decision shocked millions of his fans and many of them called him a coward, but others praised him for his wise decision, while other activists insisted on going ahead with the street protest without fear.
In Lagos, the former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with the protesters and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni marched along with them for their protection and safety.
Iconic Nigerian musician and social activist, Charles Oputa, aka "Charly Boy" and Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Sowore Omoyele joined the protesters to march from the abandoned National stadium in Surulere, Lagos.