...5 reasons 2face led planned protest is troubling the presidency
When you think of 2face presently, what comes to mind is the planned protest he is spearheading against the Nigerian government and backlash coming his way. The planned protest slated for February 6th 2017,has garnered various reactions from Nigerians. One reaction that has got everyone ‘s attention is that of Governor Fayose of Ekiti State.
The outspoken Governor revealed on Twitter that he is ready to be part of the protest.According to him:”Let it be February 5, 6 or any day . I will be part of any protest aimed at rescuing our country from dictatorship and nepotism”
On the importance of protests, Righttoprotest.com states that protests exposes flaws in governance.
“Historically, protests have often inspired positive social change and the advancement of human rights, and they continue to help define and protect civic space in all parts of the world. Protests encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry. They strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs.
“They enable individuals and groups to express dissent and grievances, to share views and opinions, to expose flaws in governance and to publicly demand that the authorities and other powerful entities rectify problems and are accountable for their actions. This is especially important for those whose interests are otherwise poorly represented or marginalised”
As the news of purported protest lingers, we take at a look at 5 reasons the 2face led planned protest is troubling the presidency.
Baby mama scandals aside, Innocent Ujah Idibia is perhaps the most influential Nigerian entertainer of his generation.The R n B star has dined with kings and queens, recorded chart topping songs, won several awards and now lending his voice to the entrenchment of good governance in Nigeria . 2face isn’t just another celeb who is hungry for cheap fame. He has it already. His influence is making the presidency and APC shudder
2. The Governor Fayose connection
Governor Ayo Fayose ‘s pledged support for the protest is another reason for the government to take the nationwide protest serious. Perhaps , they thought its going to be another usual Nigerian street rant,now the protest is moving beyond the entertainment space to the politcal terrain.
The scheduled protest will serve as a reality check for the Buhari led administration ,making them feel the pulse of the people. It will also make leaders at all levels of government become more accountable to the citizenry.
When celebrities put their star power to good use, it helps to amplify the cause they are putting the spotlight on. Celebrities like Davido, Burna Boy, Seyi law, Niyola and others have put their weights behind the planned protest. The more celebrities support the protest, the more powerful it becomes. Recall that the Occupy Naija nationwide protest was formidable because celebrities put their weights behind it.
5. Social media trend
The planned protest was first announced via social media and since then it has spread like a virus. Recall that the #Blacklivesmatter protest gained momentum because of the massive social media engagement.
Today, whatever trends on social media is an issue that needs to be paid attention. 2face made use of Facebook Live to address Nigerians yesterday. It instantaneously became a trending topic on Twitter. The fact that the citizenry are questioning their leaders at the national level, taking to social media to pour their resentments toward the government ,is enough reason for the presidency to buckle up.