A coalition of groups behind the proposed nationwide protests against the Buhari administration said on Sunday that the withdrawal of entertainer, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface, would not stop the rallies from going ahead as scheduled in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and other major cities of Nigeria.
The coalition was reacting to Sunday’s capitulation of Tuface to unknown forces and subsequent withdrawal from the protests via a video message posted on Instagram.
In a statement titled ‘Cancellation of #IStandWithNigeria rally is not true,’ the coalition said the National Protest “was never about 2Face. We are marching on against bad governance.”
The statement was signed by the Co-Convener, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, Ariyo-Dare Atoye.
It reads: “Our attention has been drawn to news making the rounds that the National-Protest-March slated for Monday, February 6, 2017 has been canceled by Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Face. This is not true and not the consensus of Nigerians, majority of fellow planners and not a true reflection of the sincere plan to organize this rally in public interest.
“We wish to inform Nigerians and the world at large that this protest against bad governance and hunger was never about 2Face or any individual for that matter. Let it be known that Mr. Idibia merely keyed into an ongoing public discourse over this protest to take a lead. It was never his singular idea but the concerns of the suffering masses.
“Therefore, we wish to inform concerned Nigerians and the international community that there is a national and public consensus for this protest to hold as scheduled in all venues. There are hundreds of groups and thousands of Nigerians who are leading this initiative and we will not back down.
“This is the time to separate real activists from emergency activists. Emergency activists seek mortality with the fear of man, while revolutionists and real activists seek immortality with the fear of God.
“Consequently, in the exact opposite of what our brother, 2Face said; “Dear Nigerians, due to stomach insecurity and bad governance consideration, we hereby announce the continuation of the march as scheduled – on Monday, February 6, 2017.
#IStandWithNigeria is a #NigerianProject”