Some celebrities including musicians and good governance advocates have been thrown up among who to vote for in the ongoing election of leaders for the coalition of young Nigerians who participated in the just-concluded protests against police brutality and bad governance in the country.
This is revealed in an online voting process through Google form which is initiated by an unidentified group, simply named BNI.
Links are provided to the voting forms containing the list of nominees for the leadership positions at the federal and Lagos levels, and another for advisers.
A former education minister and presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Oby Ezekwesili; popular pastor, Sam Adeyemi; chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika; Amina Salihu, among others, are listed among those that can be voted for as advisers.
The nominees for the national leadership contain a list of 19 names including the rap artist, Jude Abaga (M.I Abaga); a lawyer and hip hop artist, Folarin Falana (Falz); a vociferous member of the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, Aisha Yesufu; The Not Too Young To Run convener, Samson Itodo; popular musician, Timi Dakolo; Feyikemi Abudu, and Editi Effiong.
Similarly, 12 names were presented to choose from for the coordination of activities in Lagos State. The nominees include the vocal lawyer, Inibehe Effiong; popular comedian, Debo Adebayo (Mr Macaroni); award-winning journalist, Kiki Mordi; popular musician, Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), among others.
BNI, in a statement issued on Friday evening via a digital publishing platform- Medium, noted that though physical road protests have been suspended, a new phase of follow-up activities such as voter education, sensitisation and community engagement will be sustained to ensure overhaul of Nigeria’s governance structure.
The statement, which was also shared widely on social media including WhatsApp, also condemned Tuesday’s shooting of protesters by soldiers at Lekki toll plaza and the accompanying disorderliness including the ongoing massive looting and vandalisation of both public and private facilities across major towns and cities.
The statement reads in part; “…We have watched with horror, the ensuing acts of violence, murder, looting, razing and vandalization of homes, businesses and organizations in Lagos State, and we will like to state emphatically that these are not protesters. We completely condemn any form of violence or looting.