After Abuja , Nigerian youth march in Lagos April 13

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After a massively successful rally at the National Assembly in Abuja on
March 16 that continues to be talked about weeks after, young Nigerians
under the aegis of the ENOUGHISENOUGH (EiE) Nigeria coalition have
announced a Lagos rally, which will hold at the Governor’s Office in
Alausa on Tuesday April 13, 2010.


The protesters will gather at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Anglican
Church car park that morning at 11am, and march to Alausa. “The governor’s
office has already been notified about this as well as the authorities of
the Nigerian police force,” said Adebola Williams, who is one of the
rally’s coordinators.

ENOUGHISENOUGH Nigeria, the coalition of change-seeking youth leaders and
young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities, activists and
students from across the country, will march to the Lagos State Governor’s
Office where they will present 4 Key Demands to the Lagos State Governor,
Babatunde Fashola, for onward passage to the National Council of State and
the Governors’ Forum.
“The Lagos leg of the ENOUGHISENOUGH Nigeria protests is coming a month
after the historic protest rally of Tuesday the 16th of March 2010, that
saw hundreds of young people engage in a standoff with armed policemen
deployed by the authorities of the National Assembly in Abuja to prevent
them from gaining access to the leadership of the Assembly,” said ‘Gbenga
Sesan, ED of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, who is also one of the
coordinators. “That rally made the headlines on print and electronic
national media and was covered by leading international news
organizations, including the CNN and AFP, and we are not about to stop.”
Joining the young people at the Abuja rally was a slew of prominent
Nigerians including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Stella Damascus, Omawumi
Megbele, Peace Fiberesima, Charly Boy, the Rooftop MCs, amongst others.

“Some people have asked why are we marching in Lagos and we say why not?
The move for change by young people across the country doesn’t end in
Abuja ,” said Stella Damascus, one of the leaders of the movement.
“Governor Fashola might be doing well, but this is beyond him; this is
about a system and this is about making a statement. We are not just going
there to complain. We are going to send a strong message through him and
through the media that in 2011, we are mobilising millions of young people
to register, to vote and to protect their votes. Because that really is
the solution to most of our problems: If people have control over who is
in power, those in power will begin to respond to the people’s needs and
demands.”

Excerpts of the demand for the Lagos rally are:

(a) Electoral Reform: “We demand that the Uwais Panel Report on Electoral
Reform be adopted as is, as they present the clearest path towards
transparent and corruption-free elections.”

(b) Corruption: “There are littered across the country, corruption cases
involving key ministries – from power to petroleum – parastatals and those
held in cahoots with members of Corporate Nigeria. The government must
show its seriousness in prosecuting these alleged corrupt practices and
showing to Nigerians seriousness in solving the problem of graft.”

(c) Security: “We demand a complete overhaul of the country’s security
apparatuses and that all the public officials who were responsible for the
breakdown in Jos should be, as a matter of urgency, removed.”

(d) Electricity: “6,000 megawatts will not solve the electricity problems
of Nigeria , but it’s a good start. Nigerians desperately and urgently
need power for the industrial and production centres. We are extending our
ultimatum to the federal government – until the end of April – for it to
present this plan to the people. If not, we shall target the ministry of
power specifically for protest. This promise is not to be taken lightly.”
“ENOUGHISENOUGH Nigeria also wishes to send out a clear message to all
Nigerians, and especially those in the corridors of power, that its quest
to effect transformation in Nigeria will not be restricted to rallies and
public protests alone,” Audu Maikori, the CEO of Chocolate City, said
about the strategy to be used by the coalition. “We have a unique
opportunity to change Nigeria through the power of our numbers, resolve
and collective anger in 2011. We will register enmasse, turn out to vote
in our millions, post live updates (pictures, SMS, video, etc) from the
voting centres, wait until the winner is announced and confirm that the
results are accurate. This is the election in which young people will
shock the status quo. Any politician who tries to rig the 2011 elections
will be shocked. Enough is indeed enough.”

The organisations involved in this coalition include the Abira Foundation,
Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, the Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme, The
Future Project’s TakeAction arm, Chocolate City , EME Music,
LightUpNigeria, Rise Networks, Gbagyichild Entertaiment, B.L.I.N.G,
Avienti, Green Nigeria, amongst others. Information on its activities can
be found on www.enoughisenoughnigeria.com.

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