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Group Insists Monday’s Anti-Government Protest Must Hold

By Dipo Olowookere

An interest group has maintained that the proposed anti-Federal Government protest in Lagos and Abuja scheduled for Monday, February 6, 2017, but cancelled by popular musician, 2Face Idibia, will go on as planned.

A statement issued by the Co-Convener of Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNDC), Mr Ariyo-Dare Atoye, pointed out that the demonstration tagged #IStandWithNigeria will continue as scheduled.

Mr Atoye noted that “the national protest was never about 2Face,” but the “consensus of Nigerians.”

He further said, “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.”

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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