Relentless former presidential candidate and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Yele Sowore has called for a nationwide protest on October 1st, Nigeria’s Independence Day.
Sowore, who is also the leader of The Coalition for Revolution (CORE), the organisers of the #RevolutionNow protest, wrote on his social media page:
“Are u fighting for self-determination, against #EndSARS, Insecurity, Extra-Judicial killings, Unpaid wages, high School fees, Shiites massacre, #IPob Massacre, Economic Hardship, election rigging, high fuel prices, transparency..Let’s meet at the barricades on #October1stProtest“
While calling on Nigerians to fight for a better country, he called out famous artists such as Peter Okoye of the defunct Psquare and Burna Boy.
To Burna Boy, he wrote:
“Hello @burnaboy, everywhere I turn people describe you as a revolutionary musician, the foreign media even celebrate you compare you to Fela Kuti, but I am yet to see you lead anyone to a police station carrying a coffin for head of state! Join #Oct1stProtest #RevolutionNow.”
Burna Boy, refusing to yield the call of the activists replied:
“Everybody is a Fela fan and supporter now that he is dead. Humans are so Funny, You politicians are ALL the same (especially in Nigeria) and Frankly, I don’t trust none of you.”
Meanwhile, Aisha Yesufu, a passionate activist enjoined Sowore to beckon on Nigerians to join the march. She wrote: “Come out tomorrow and own the October 1st protest. Stop whining about 2015. Even GEJ has moved on!”
According to the organisers, the #RevolutionNow protest is to demand the reversal of anti-people policies implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. It is also to clamour for the reversal of the hike in the price of petrol from N148 to N151, request for an end to state-supervised and approved impunity under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, sacking of all service chiefs in the country due to their proven incompetence in finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency which has claimed and is still claiming the life of Nigerians daily, amongst others.