POPULAR music star, Innocent Idibia, known as 2face, has backed out of the planned nationwide protest, announcing its cancellation 24 hours to the return and resumption of office by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The African Queen crooner announced the cancellation of the protest via his Instagram page, Official2baba on Saturday evening.
In the video clip, 2face said, “Dear Nigerians, after due consultations, it has become clear that the #OneVoice Nigerian protest scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja on Monday the 6th of February is under serious threat of hijack by interests not aligned with our ideals. The point and intent am making is not worth the life of any Nigerian.
“It is a fact motivated by the need to demand a better deal for the ordinary Nigerian.
“I therefore announce the cancellation of the planned protest. We will share further information in due course… I appreciate the massive support and I am convinced that our voices have been heard.
“May God bless you all and may God bless Nigeria,” 2face concluded.
Recall that 2face had, a few weeks ago, called on Nigerians to join him in a nationwide protest against what he described as the unfavourable policies implemented by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration which have brought the Nigerian economy to its knees. The protest which was initially slated to hold on the 5th of February 2017 was later shifted to Tomorrow 6th so that it would coincide with the resumption day of President Buhari who has been on a 10-day working leave in London.
However, in what seemed like giving in to pressures from the APC-led Federal Government, 2face succumbed to shelving the planned protest after the Presidency and the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni had pleaded and even “threatened to arrest him” should he continue with the planned protest.