Anti government protesters carried out their protest in Abuja on
Monday as they promised even without the presence of the acclaimed
leader of the protesters Innocent Ujah Idibia otherwise known as
Police however stopped the protesters from reaching Nigeria’s
presidential villa in Abuja.
The demonstrations were called across the country to protest the
country’s economic crisis that has severely hit millions of families.
In Abuja, protesters marched from Unity Fountain in Maitama District,
chanting songs and displaying placards
They were met by a team of heavily armed anti-riot police personnel,
who denied them entry into the villa.
The stranded protesters began to chant “I stand with Nigeria”.
Human rights Activist, Chidi Odinkalu who addressed the crowd, said,
“We thumbed Buhari into office in 2015 because he promised to do a
lot, then he got into power and he has never addressed us. When he
wants to talk to us he gets into a plane travels abroad and starts
gossiping about us.
“Are we so useless that our president cannot address us? Are we so
idiotic that our president cannot tell us that things are hard? We
don’t get answers, we don’t get empathy and we are told we cannot
protest too? What kind of country is that? What kind of citizens are
“Who are we to be told we can only protest if police licensed us. We
have the right to protest.
“On this Monday morning we don’t know where our president is. We want
to know because we care. On 18 January we were told that our president
was going for a 10-day vacation. Yesterday we were told he is waiting
for his medical test before he will return. Last week, fake pictures
of the president meeting people in London emerged.
“Last night, Femi Adesina said people can get sick; people can even
die and Shehu Garba said he spoke with the president’s doctor and was
told he is well. Now think about it, if the president is well, who is
Shehu to speak to his doctor.
“If the president is not ill, why should people be circulating fake
pictures. We don’t want the human rights of the president abused.
“This administration came into power to fight corruption and now, next
to the president is the man now known as the grass cutter general of
In conclusion, Mr. Odinkalu chanted, fire the SGF, fire the grass
cutter!! And the crowd chorused in response.