It has been a long time since peace made Nigeria its home. The re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari has made things worse and things are not set to get better.
The Biafran community is fighting for secession in an attempt to create its own peaceful and sustainable country.
The Nigerian government, led by the president, was exclusively against it. In a tweet that was later deleted from Twitter, the president said the government “will speak to them (the Igbo) in the language they understand.” Twitter interpreted this as a war threat statement before putting it down.
This led to a ban on the social media platform, a move that did not go well with Nigerians. This has caused widespread frustration across the country and many believe we are led by a tyrant who wants to impose anything and everything on the citizens.
With the arrival of June 12 (Democracy Day), many citizens have decided to peacefully protest against bad governance with hashtags like #BuhariMustGo #EndBadGovernance, which have been very popular on Twitter in recent days. It is difficult to think of a protest without remembering perhaps the darkest day in Nigerian history, 20-10-20, when many young people peacefully protesting against police brutality were murdered in cold blood.
The world is watching as Nigerians, both at home and abroad, intend to express their frustrations at the government for turning Nigeria into a country where daily killings are now at an all-time high! If you’re planning on joining the June 12 protest, here’s everything you need to know about the protest.
Why June 12?
President Buhari moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12, 2018 and the tradition has remained that way ever since. Democracy Day in Nigeria marks the end of the military regime in the country and ushered in a new era; the alleged rule of peaceful democracy. June 12 was the day Nigerians celebrated the legacy of Moshood Abiola, who died shortly after winning what, in the hearts of Nigerians, is the freest and fairest election ever held in Nigeria. Several decades later, his legacy appears to have been brutally abused.
Why do people protest?
The country has been in total turmoil for many years now. From rising food prices to rising oil prices; from police brutality to Fulani shepherds who terrorize various communities across Nigeria; from the terrors of Boko Haram to the kidnapping; the problems in the country seem to know no bounds and get worse every single day. It goes without saying that people are tired of waking up to various reports of terror, death, and incomprehensible decisions from the president.