The Oasis Reporters
February 04, 2017
In an apparent response to the planned nationwide protest spearheaded by popular Afro-Pop star, Tuface Idibia, against the biting economic hardship in the country,
The Presidency of Nigeria has declared that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is not one that will stop Nigerians from demonstrating in a peaceful manner.
Senior Special Assistant to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, made this clarification in a series of tweets, stating that “This administration will not prevent Nigerians from expressing themselves in peaceful protests, it’s a fundamental right of the people”, but pointed out that, “No government has ever laid out the kind of Social Investment Programs , the Buhari government is now running across the nation, that will touch millions.”
The sensational afro pop star who has tingled many West African girls with his hit song, ‘You Are My African Queen’ that sold millions of copies, Tuface had, in a video posted on his Facebook account on Tuesday, called on Nigerians to come out in a “peaceful and articulate manner” for the protest billed to hold in Lagos on February 6, 2017.
“The need for urgent solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians has become very clear. Things are not getting better for the majority, we are still where we are, poor and desperate. I will no longer be quiet,” he posted.
The Lagos state Police Commissioner had been reported as saying that he will not allow the protest to hold before the overriding Osinbajo tweets, via his Senior media aide.
The Lagos State police Commissioner might be taking a cue from the antecedents of the Commander – In – Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently observing a ten day vacation in London, UK, where the Nigerian Police leadership spent huge sums of money to visit him, a mere three days after the commencement of his vacation at tax payers expense.
President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have an intense aversion to protests, peaceful or otherwise and many pro Biafra (IPOB) separatist protesters have been said to have been gunned down by trigger happy military men. Asked to watch the video clip of the killings by an Al Jazeera television interviewer, Buhari turned the request down on air.
The Shi’ite Islamic religious minority in the north fared very badly in the hands of the military a few months back, as the Nigerian Army was said to have executed hundreds of them in Zaria, a northern Nigeria town because their procession was said to have temporarily blocked the convoy of the traveling Army Chief, General Buratai after an engagement in Zaria. The Shi’ite leader, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and his wife are still in custody, despite several court rulings demanding for their release.
As military head of state, before the protests of Nigeria’s medical doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) could take hold, then Major General Muhammadu Buhari swiftly disbanded the highly intimidated medical doctors, banned their Union and the fearful Doctors fled Nigeria through it’s porous borders, precipitating Nigeria’s brain drain abroad and the swift deterioration of medical doctors in the once vibrant medical sector, where even the King of Saudi Arabia and his family used to come to the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan for medical attention. Nigeria’s medical facilities became a shadow of it’s old self owing to the exodus of it’s personnel abroad in search of greener pastures.
Buhari is currently in London, ostensibly to rest and do a few medical checks, whereas the 2016 budgetary allocation for the Aso Rock Clinic alone, surpasses the budget for all of Nigeria’s teaching hospitals combined, by over 70 million naira, yet as ordinary as ear infection cannot be treated there, except in London where over 25 , 000 Nigerian born and trained medical doctors currently live and work, as well as in other European, American and Arab destinations, since the brain drain was triggered in his military-era days.
Pundits aver that he may not be happy with his deputy, Vice-President Osinbajo when he gets back from his vacation for tactically endorsing the right to peaceful protests. But his APC supporters in the social media insist that the President has undergone a metamorphosis, and was now a born again democrat.
The signs of this will be sorely tested after the Tuface Idibia led protest march billed for the 6th of February, 2017, that has left the APC slightly worried and jittery in the social media, going for Tuface’s reputation, while trying to downplay it.