Thick smoke bellows in the air. Loud music blares from the speakers mounted on an open truck. Motorcycle riders displayed their prowess along the expressway while scantily dressed females march on the other end of the highway.
The above scenes were on exhibited yesterday, June 12, 2017, when veteran singer cum media personality turned activist, Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy staged a protest march with members of the Our Mumu Don Do group in Lagos.
The protest led by Charly Boy took off at the popular Oworo end of Lagos before the protesters marched the length of the Gbagada – Anthony expressway to link Maryland, Lagos.
After a little display of theatrics to gather momentum and allow for other concerned Lagosians join the train, the protest march continued through the Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way before the protesters did a detour where they headed for the seat of power in Lagos to press home their demands.
Speaking to InsideMainland through Mr. Adebayo Raphael, the Publicity Secretary of Our Mumu Don Do group, Charly Boy said the protest was necessary to address the ills in governance and the continuous neglect for developmental projects to better the lives of the citizens and the unborn generation.
“We are here today to show our anger and frustration about the current situation of the country. This protest is dedicated to all Nigerians suffering from one thing or the other. The is for that woman who finds it difficult to feed her children, the father who is challenged to cater for his family due to the neglect by the government,” Charly Boy said.
He continued that “there are no jobs. So we protest against the lack of basic social amenities, lack of adequate healthcare, and corruption in government offices. It is time for us to register our anger and we believe it is time for us to register this with the government. The time of impunity in governance has come to an end.”
The musician turned activist added that “Our Mumu Don Do is a pro-masses movement for all Nigerian citizens. It is a movement that must be held and sustained to drive home the issues and demands of the average citizen who has been failed by the politicians in government. We are out to demand accountability and good governance.”
Commenting on the significance of the protest on the occasion of June 12 in Nigeria, Charly Boy said “this day is a symbolic day in the history of Nigeria. It is the day when Nigerians were first robbed their franchise and we are out to demand that our freedom be returned to us.
See some photos from the protest below.