Arguably the most talented artist in Africa, Tuface Idebia has proven himself countless times in the entertainment industry yet still manages to have a widely spread reputation for being humble and meek. So it came across to many as a surprise when the sonorous maestro decided to venture into activism.

But what many didn’t realise was that this was not Tuface’s first stint with activism. The ace singer had before now released socially conscious tracks that fought for the masses and chastised the government, tracks such as: ‘For Instance’, ‘Only Me’, ‘Mr. Senator’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Coded Things’, ‘Power of Naija’, ‘Freedom’, ‘One Love’ etc.

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Coming from a humble background and rising to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry, 2Baba refused to play the ostrich that buries his head underground like many celebrities who had rags to riches background such as he but decided not to stay the course in the fight for the masses welfare.

Unlike the great Abamieda, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti 2Face did not come from a family with background in activism for the poor neither was his mother thrown from a tall building; 2Face’s motivation to stage a nationwide protest to speak for the voiceless poor should really be commended rather than his decline to see it through taking the centre stage.

With the state of the economy, the all-time and disgraceful fall of the Niara to the Dollar (over 500 to a Dollar-with several confusing rates) and sufferings being experienced by the masses it was obvious the people will suffer more. This fear was heightened by the presidency of all sources: “THE Presidency, yesterday, raised alarm that Nigerians would starve to death by 2050 if nothing was done to ensure an all year round farming.”

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/02/nigeriansll-starve-to-death-by-2050-if-presidency/

One fact has to be established here and that is 2Face is not Fela neither is he attempting to be so. The question now on the lips of many is why he, ‘so to say’, abandoned ship at a critical time, hours before the scheduled protest that was originally supposed to take place on Sunday, February 5, postponed to Monday 6th before finally declining. Only 2Face can answer this accurately.

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While questions and answers alike are blowing in the wind one cannot help but ask: If Dele Giwa had another opportunity in life to be with his family and the future is flashed across his face with knowledge of what happened eventually would he make the same decision or would he have gone for the other pill like in the Matrix?

Before we forget: 2Face is a father many times over; a husband to one (I hope this data is correct) and entertainment idol to millions. Many would have prevailed on him to step down, some using tears as they do not want to lose such a great blessing in their lives while others might have used other means such as threat. Was 2Face threatened to step down?

The public might never find out the truth on that not even from 2Face because it is expected that non-disclosure of a threat would be part of the threat package. Now he is going to be crucified on social media by the same people he set out to fight for.

2face needs the support of every Nigerian at this moment no matter the decision he takes, he has done something many others better positioned would never dare. He united the thoughts of the masses and ruffled the feathers of the mightier than thou and for that he deserves the respect of every patriotic Nigerian not mockery for attempting to do what many could never attempt.

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One time American President Abraham Lincoln said the first true duty of a citizen is to criticise the government. Before the popular ‘don’t compare us with America’ crops in let see what the Nigerian constitution says:

  1. Section 39 of 1999 Constitution:

“Every person SHALL BE ENTITLED to freedom of expression, including FREEDOM to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas.”

  1. Section 40 of 1999 Constitution:

“Every person SHALL BE ENTITLED to ASSEMBLE FREELY and to ASSOCIATE with other persons, and in particular, he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or ANY OTHER ASSOCIATION, for the protection of his interests.”

  1. Section 41 of 1999 Constitution:

“Every citizen of Nigeria is ENTITLED TO MOVE FREELY throughout Nigeria, and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria, or refused entry thereto or exit therefrom.”

On May 29, 2015, the president swore an oath on the Holy Quoran as follows:

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE

“I, Maj-Gen Muhammadu Buhari, Retd, do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that I will PRESERVE, PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

2Face might have declined pursuing this justified fight for obviously difficult reasons we call all relate with from experience of being born in this country but the other members of the sensitised public have vowed to continue as Nigeria is greater than 2Face, greater than Buhari, greater than political parties and definitely greater than any tribe or religion.

There comes a time when one has to draw a line between patriotism to one’s country and loyalty to a particular leader. While leaders come and go the country remains.

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