Nigerian singer, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, has cancelled plans to organise a peaceful protest against police brutality in the country.
The singer made the announcement on his verified Twitter account on Tuesday, 6th October.
“We won’t be protesting anymore because there’s a lot of changes being made right now. As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there’s no changes we will start a mass protest. #togetherwecan,” he tweeted.
The Nigeria Police Force announced on their Twitter account that DCP Frank Mba, the spokesperson of the Force, would have an Instagram Live interview with Naira Marley to answer burning questions and discuss the issues young Nigerians face in relation to SARS operations.
“Today, Tuesday 6th October, 2020, by 11am, the Force PRO- DCP Frank Mba will be having a live Instagram chat with Naira Marley to answer questions and discuss the concerns of young Nigerians on the issues of SARS operations and other burning issues. Please stay tuned,” the police tweeted.
This new development garnered mixed reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.
Here are some:
@iamOkon wrote: “Naira Marley is truly the Fela of our time. Man not only went to prison and came back but now the Nigerian police is begging him not to lead a protest + having an IG Live with him by 11am. Naira Marley aka The people’s president! Marlians!”
@seyistorm wrote: “I’ve never taken Naira Marley seriously for any reason, He planned a protest, some of us didn’t go to work today just because we wanted to protest against the Nigerian police especially the Sars official, only for him to cancel it this morning”
@Tee_Classiquem1 wrote “Nigerian police intentionally released Naira Marley knowing fully well a day will come where he would want to lead a protest against them, then they’ll threaten him with his case file so that he can stop the movement… Think about it”
@iam_zara0 wrote “So Naira Marley’s proposed protest was meant to hold today but he cancelled it saying he’s having a chat with the Nigerian police. Set awon the NEGOTIATOR. 😂 Well What do y’all expect from someone who sang “JAPA”🤷♀️🤷♀️”