Group, under the auspices of Northern Musicians’ Forum, NMF, said they were against the planned protest to be led by one of the leading African music luminaries, Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known as “2face,” against the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari, describing it as a calculated attempt to mislead the public.
It would be recalled that, the Lagos-based music Legend, Tu-baba, had announced his intention to lead mass protest against untold hardship many Nigerians, who earn below N100,000 monthly are currently faced with under the Buhari-led administration.
They had warned politicians not to bother to be part of the protest, which was expected to take off from Surulere area of Lagos last Sunday.
The APC Northern Musicians’ Forum, who are mostly Hausa songs writers and composers, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna, based their argument on the short period that Mr. President came to power, saying 2face would have waited till the end of first four years in government before assessment of success or failure of his (Mr President’s) leadership.
Speaking through its chairman, Haruna Aliyu Ningi, the Forum was quick to clarify that it’s not in support of the protest not because they are of northern extraction; rather, it explained, they kicked against it because “APC inherited already damaged economy” from previous administration that had highest number of corrupt officials.
According to him, “Honestly, we did not support of the protest by 2Face. I see him as someone, who is coolheaded and suppose to use his talent to calm the nerves of Nigerians instead of trying to add to it.
“As a musician, he would have waited till the end of Buhari’s first four years, and by then everyone would have been able to see his success or failure. So, for this protest, we are against it, and that is our position for now.
“It is a known fact that Buhari took over from a very corrupt administration. Everywhere was drained. He has not finished his tenure; remember that he took over from a government that has highest number of highly corrupt officers.
“So, Buhari may not be able to fix the problems now. As at now, the protest, like the one you talked about, is uncalled for. Let it be that if at the end of four years he cannot point at anything as major achievement, then, the entire Nigeria can stage a protest in that regard.
“It is important to state clearly that nobody sponsored us. We have been singing before APC. We are only supporting Buhari, based on his personal integrity. His administration is working hard to restore the lost glory of 70s and 80s back to the country. The administration is saving for the raining days, which the past administration failed to do.
“Yes, there is hunger in the land, but then it is not as bad as people are blowing it. Hunger means absence of food or food insufficiency. What we have is inflation, and it is not going to be permanent, because we believe the country will soon be out of recession. That is why we are advocating for our President not to be deterred in his good plan for the country,” Ningi stressed.