Near-legendary singer 2Baba, is calling for Nigerians to take to the streets on February 5th, 2017 for a Nationwide protest. 2Baba, made a lengthy rant post on his Instagram this morning rebuking all the arms of government, demanding answers for why a variant of social issues still persist in Nigeria despite a change of government.
FIRST MASSIVE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS ON THE 5TH OF FEBRUARY, 2017. A call for good governance. A call for urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide. A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary… You have all failed us. We the people are tired. We can no longer continue with all of you. All your excuses and mistakes are not funny. We do not wish to continue with a system and government that is not working but afflicting the people. We the people of this country not living under the privileges of government allowances and remuneration have now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policies and excuses of the government of the day. Where are the recovered looted funds? Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there's no money to pay workers? Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before? Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, fulani heardsmen and ipob without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keeps aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects? Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant re-awakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel? Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 naira per litre as against 50 naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government. There's need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail. How can there be rise in
It is unclear if 2Baba was spurred by the series of social justice protests that have taken place all over the world recently, but we all know he has always been vocal about his opinion on society.
Besides, the lifespan of every career is characterised by different phases. For a man like 2face who has crossed all the milestones and set all the landmarks needed to leave a lasting imprint on the industry in his younger years, edging towards a politically vocal mid-life, makes perfect sense even though his intent seems skewered by perspective (I mean, we all heard about the cars and gift monies he got from a state Governor for his wedding).
Still, it may be childish to underestimate the power of a single voice in sparking real radical change. I’m just sipping tea, looking forward to 5th of February to see what happens. And if I’m permitted to dream, I am also looking forward to a free performance at the eventual rally and the release of a truly classic album.