In locations across the country, people have come out en masse to protest what they deem ineffectuality on the part of the country’s elected leaders.
The Feb 6 planned #iStandWithNigeria #OneVoiceNigeria protest that was first proposed by Tuface Idibia before he pulled out of it (citing family safety) took place at the National Stadium, Lagos, Unity Fountain in Abuja and from images on the internet, Ibadan too.
A Twitterati also disclosed an ongoing protest in the UK.
BREAKING: Nigerians in the UK demand for a 5 minute speech from @MBuhari standing in front of the Nigerian High Commission in London. Gud!
— Benny (@BennyUmoren) February 6, 2017
Reports coming in from Lagos say police presence in strategic points in the state is quite heavy. As early is 7am, officers of the Force could be seen setting up posts at different locations. There are Armoured Personnel Carriers and heavily-armed men around led by the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.
These heavy security presence has not deterred the protesters from gathering and doing as planned. The protest has been relatively peaceful with most protesters carrying placards either condemning the government or asking questions of it.
Yemi Adamolekun, the Executive Director, OneVoiceNigeria, told NAN at the venue that the coalition was not discouraged by the last minute cancellation of the protest by Tuface.
She said the protest was not about Tuface Idibia, but about Nigeria.
The planned protest had gained momentum with several public figures including Seyi Law already there.