Tell Us Your Beef With Buhari, Presidency Tells 2face

By Anthony Ogbonna 
 The Presidency has reacted to the planned
nationwide protest against the Buhari-led APC government scheduled to hold on
the 6th of February 2017 and spearheaded by pop star and African Queen
crooner,  Innocent Idibia, popularly
called, 2face.
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on
Electronic Media, Lauretta Onochie has, Tuesday, called on the pop star to come
on national TV to  state his “beef with
Pres. Buhari” instead of going on national newspapers to make his grievances
known.
According to her: “Nigerians would like 2Baba to explain the
policies that he’s not happy with on National LIVE TV, as well as proffer
alternative economic policies that would better serve all Nigerians. Not on
newspapers that could have been written by anyone.”

“That way, Nigerians will know it’s entirely his idea, that
he understands what he’s doing, and acting in the interest of all Nigerians.
Otherwise, we might assume that the protest is for those who miss the heist
that happened under You know who. Nigerians are waiting. Thank you Sir”.
However, in what seems like a response to the Presidency,
2face, in a statement he made available to newsmen on Tuesday, said that “the
people have hoped for a better Nigeria since 1999 but things are not getting
any better for the majority. We are still where we are – poor and desperate. I
will no longer be quiet”
Thanking Enough is Enough, the 2Face Foundation, his fellow
artistes and Nigerians fully in support of the protest the star allayed the
fear of some that he might have been influenced by some political machinations,
saying the protest is not a platform for politician or labour unions to
manipulate.
“It is not a platform for politicians of any party to
manipulate. I know you will still spin it but for one second leave your battles
aside and just listen to people without trying to score cheap political points
against one another. It is not a point scoring exercise. It is certainly not
personal.
It is not an organized labour platform. With all due respect
to our comrades who have done much for Nigeria, this march is for the
unrepresented.
It is not a ‘my religion or tribe is better than yours’
matter. All our blood is red.
I, Innocent Idibia, am a living example of a Nigerian who
owes their success to Nigerians of every tribe and religion. None ask what
religion or tribe I am before supporting me. I am grateful.
” The statement also strictly spells out how the protest
march will take place, with time and place, it will commence.
“On Monday, February 6th, meet me at the National Stadium at
8AM and we’ll walk to the National Theatre – 2 national icons that epitomise
our decline – as we state clearly and peacefully that #IStandWithNigeria and
Nigeria must work for all of us and all of us must work for Nigeria.”
Read the statement in full
Intro
Since the idea of a nationwide march was first mentioned,
the need for urgent solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians has become
very clear. The people have hoped for a better Nigeria since 1999 but things
are not getting any better for the majority. We are still where we are – poor
and desperate. I will be no longer be quiet.
I want to thank EiE, The 2face Foundation, numerous
colleagues and countless fellow Nigerians for stepping up to partner with me. I
am just a musician with a point of view and the ear of my fans.
I have dedicated my time and resources to peace building,
voter education towards peaceful elections and youth engagement in governance
in Nigeria. This time around, my partners, colleagues and I have come together
to present a platform for real Nigerians to communicate their real pains to
government at all levels in a peaceful and articulate manner with a view to
getting lasting solutions to our problems.
This march is about demanding that all saboteurs of good
government policies should hands off.
This march is about encouraging positive minded Nigerians to
continue to work without intimidation.
We have a system that is clearly designed not to work for
the majority.
What is this match not about?
It is not a platform for politicians of any party to manipulate.
I know you will still spin it but for one second leave your battles aside and
just listen to people without trying to score cheap political points against
one another. It is not a point scoring exercise. It is certainly not personal.
It is not an organized labour platform. With all due respect to our comrades
who have done much for Nigeria, this march is for the unrepresented.
It is not a ‘my religion or tribe is better than yours’
matter. All our blood is red.
I, Innocent Idibia, am a living example of a Nigerian who
owes their success to Nigerians of every tribe and religion. None ask what
religion or tribe I am before supporting me. I am grateful.
Therefore, it is with every sense of humility that I say
that with this march,
I want:
1)     
Security
All Nigerians lives MUST matter.
My religion, ethnicity or what part of the country I live shouldn’t determine
the type of protection I get from my government.
According to the Constitution,
“the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of
government.”
2)Education
To develop beyond oil, we have to
invest in our human capital. Every child must have access to quality education.
If our teachers are not paid, how will we raise the next generation to lead the
country and run our businesses?
3)Health
Health is wealth. People die daily
from lack of basic, affordable health care. We can definitely do better.
4)Power
Government needs to make it easier
to generate power at the state and local government level so everything is not
tied to the centre. We need electricity to be productive. The cost of
generating our own power is crippling.
5)Unemployment
Poor education plus a struggling
economy means a lot of people are unemployed. Unemployed people are hungry and
angry.
6)High cost of living
Food, transportation, medicine,
everything is 3 times, 4 times more expensive but our salaries haven’t
increased. What do we do???
7)Social Justice
According to the Constitution,
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be a State based on the principles of
democracy and social justice.” There cannot be one set of rules for the poor
and another set for the rich.
8)Transparency
The best way to kill corruption is
to increase transparency. Government finances and contracts must be open and
available to all. Who got the money, to do what and by when?
9)Cost of government
Our governance is TOO expensive –
federal, state, local – cars, housing, allowances. We must reduce the cost of
maintaining our public officials
10)Patriotism
I stand with Nigeria. There is
enough in Nigeria for all of us to “chopbelleful”. Enough is enough. We must
put Nigeria first and keep all the greedy & selfish people away from
leadership.
Call to Action
Between now and Monday, February
6, I ask you to share via videos, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, SMS to
0902-355-5335. How are these issues affecting you? What are your daily
struggles? How is it doing you? No matter what part of the world you are, I
encourage you to share your stories. And join me on Monday in Surulere or
online
Use any of the hashtags #IStandWith2Baba
#IStandWithNigeria #OneVoiceNigeria on social media.
We will take all the reports and
send them to our elected representatives as ONE VOICE of Nigerians across
party, ethnic and religious lines – as they hear real people talk about real
issues.
On Monday, February 6th, meet me
at the National Stadium at 8AM and we’ll walk to the National Theatre – 2
national icons that epitomise our decline – as we state clearly and peacefully
that #IStandWithNigeria and Nigeria must work for all of us and all of us must
work for Nigeria.

Thank you! God bless Nigeria!!!
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