Pulse prop of the week takes a look at the planned protest march to be spearheaded by pop star, Tuface Idibia and the support it has garnered so far.
TuBaba had, on January 25, 2017, revealed plans to lead a protest against bad governance in the country, which, according to him, has failed its people and leading the country into an economic downturn.
He made his intention known with this message:
Read his call to action below:
"FIRST MASSIVE NATIONWIDE PROTESTS ON THE 5TH OF FEBRUARY, 2017.
A call for good governance.
A call for an urgent explanation into the reckless economic downturn nationwide.
A call for nationwide protests as we say No to the Executive, No to legislatures, No to judiciary... You have all failed us.
We the people are tired. We can no longer continue with all of you. All your excuses and mistakes are not funny.
We do not wish to continue with a system and government that is not working but afflicting the people.
We the people of this country not living under the privileges of government allowances and remuneration has now accepted to take the bull by the horn to come out and protest this obnoxious and baseless policy and excuses of the government of the day.
Where are the recovered looted funds?
Why do we still have the executive arms and legislatures still enjoying their salaries and allowances while we hear there's no money to pay workers?
Why do we still see ceaseless power failures with no explanation and hope of getting out of it unlike before?
Why do we keep seeing peace talks in Niger Delta, Fulani herdsmen, and IPOB without any solutions being reached, while the strategies keep aggravating the people involved as political leaders stage forums to extort funds in the name of addressing their subjects?
Why did we have petrol price rise to 145 for the sake of global oil price crash and removal of subsidy but such price is still being maintained despite significant re-awakening of the oil price from $30/barrel to $56/barrel?
Who is to be held accountable for the sudden and continuous hike in price of commodities in the market, where for the first time in history, Nigeria is suddenly selling kerosene at 400 Naira per litre as against 50 Naira per litre, diesel at 300 naira per litre as against 100 naira per litre and petrol from 87 naira to 145 naira? Yet maintaining the same systems, environment and maybe a lesser money spending government.
There's need for Nigerians to rise against what is happening in this country having waited patiently for the legislatures that were elected to represent the people all to no avail."
The call by TuBaba for the Nigerian masses to join the protest march slated for February 6, 2017, has sharply divided Nigerians just as people in government have continued to attack the music star.
The Personal Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie was the first to call out the singer to go on a national television to state his beef with Buhari instead of leading the protest.
She went ahead to churn out series of tweets where she insinuated that he is being sponsored by opposition politicians.
Even Blackface, a one-time stable mate of TuBaba during their Plantashun Boz days, got himself into trouble when he retweeted a scathing attack on the African Queen crooner and trust Nigerians to quickly wade in and give Blackface a piece of their mind.
But the wave of support the protest march has gathered in the face of opposition has been amazing and TuBaba is now the real voice of the masses.