Sunday, February 5, 2017 8:03 am
Award winning musician Tuface Idibia alias 2baba, has canceled his much-publicised February 6, anti-government protest.
He attributed “security challenges” as reasons for the cancellation on a Instagram post and a short video via his official handle @official2baba late Saturday.
The protest scheduled was scheduled to hold in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country on Feb 6.
He said, “Dear Nigerians, due to security concerns and public safety consideration, I hereby announce the cancellation of the march.”
This is coming a day after Laolu Akande, a senior special assistant (media) in the presidency said that Tuface, had the right to protest.
Akande stated this on his tweeter handle: @akandeoj;
“It is fundamental right of the people”.
“This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests”, he said.
Akande went further to question the logic behind the protest, judging by the efforts by the Buhari administration to invest in the welfare of the people.
The planned protest gained momentum with several public figures and civil society groups pledging to be part of it on Monday.
Tuface called for nationwide protest against what he perceived as the worst economic crisis that has seen costs of goods and services skyrocketing, with many families struggling to survive.
Police had however warned against the protest after its initial promise to provide security.
The police commissioner in Lagos, Fatai Owoseni said the police would disallow the protest to hold on grounds that it could be hijacked by hoodlums and it is illegal.
Police authorities said it had “credible intelligence” that other groups were planning a counter protests on the same day and at the same venues, saying the event could turn violent. (NAN)