Everything You Need To Know About June 12 Protest

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It’s been a long time since peace made Nigeria its abode. The re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari has made matters worse and things are not about to get any better. The Biafran community is fighting for secession in a bid to create its own peaceful and sustainable country. The Nigerian government, spearheaded by the president, has been solely against that. In a tweet that has since been deleted by Twitter, the president said the government would “speak to them (the Igbos) in the language that they understand.” Twitter interpreted this as a war-threatening statement before putting it down. This led to the ban of the social media platform, a move that did not go down well with Nigerians. This has caused widespread frustration across the country with many believing we are being led by a tyrant who wants to impose everything and anything on the citizens. With June 12 (democracy day) coming thick and fast, lots of citizens have made up their minds to peacefully protest against bad governance with hashtags like #BuhariMustGo #EndBadGovernance, heavily trending on Twitter for the past few days. It’s hard to think of a protest without remembering perhaps the darkest day in Nigerian history, 20-10-20 when lots of youths who were peacefully protesting against police brutality were murdered in cold blood. Why June 12? President Buhari moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 in June 2018 and the tradition has since stayed that way. Democracy Day in Nigeria marks the end of the military regime in the country and it ushered in a new era; the supposed peaceful democracy rule. June 12 used to be the day Nigerians celebrated Moshood Abiola’s legacy, who died shortly after winning what, in Nigerian’s hearts, is the freest and fairest election ever to be conducted in Nigeria. Several decades on, his legacy seems to have been brutally abused. Why are people protesting? The country has been in total turmoil for many years now. From the hike in prices of food items to hikes in petroleum prices; from police brutality to Fulani herdsmen terrorizing different communities across Nigerian; from the terrors of Boko Haram to kidnapping; the problems in the country seem to know no bounds and they grow worse every single day. Needless to say, the people are tired of waking up to different news of terror, death, and incomprehensible decisions by the president.

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