In the end, music maestro Tuface Idibia couldn’t take the heat.
Announcing the cancellation of the February 6th protest which he was spearheading, Tuface said, “after due consultations, it has become clear that the one voice protest scheduled to hold in Lagos and Abuja on Monday, February 6 is under serious threat of hijack by interests not aligned with our ideals.”
The protest which was supposed to hold on Monday, the same day President Buhari is expected to resume work after his vacation, had galvanised a lot of Nigerians who’d grown weary of the nosediving economic situation in the country.
Even though the presidency publicly stated that it had no intention to stop the protesters, Tuface and other organisers were warned by the police in Lagos not to go ahead with it.
In a video announcement late Saturday, Tuface said he arrived at the decision to call off the protest because the point he is intent on making is “not worth the life of any Nigerian. It is motivated by the need to negotiate a better deal for the ordinary Nigerian.”
He thanked Nigerians for the “massive support” they’d given to the planned protest and signed off by saying he is “convinced our voices have been heard.”