In an apparent demonstration of the power of New Media – a tool which will play a prominent role as Nigeria marches towards the 2011 elections, – the March 16 rally of the youth-led Enough is Enough Coalition was followed by numerous people, regardless of location or timezone. While the rally was warming up at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the #enoughisenough hashtag made it’s way to the top (ranging from #10 to #1 at various times) of the list of topics that were most popular (trending) on twitter. See, below, pictures posted live from the rally yesterday – and some that didn’t make it alongside my tweets.
Ugo Nwosu, Tolu Ogunlesi, Chude Jideonwo, 'Gbenga Sesan (left to right) arrive Abuja for the protest march
Policemen (and -women) meet ahead of the rally
Heaven smiled when we declared an end to the culture of silence
The protest march took off from the Eagle Square
Even though all approvals were confirmed, police blocked the NASS entrance
Col. Okere (rtd), NASS Sergeant-at-arms, joined forces with the Bankole/Mark duo
Youth protesters ask to gain entrance, peacefully...
Adebola Williams, rally co-coordinator, replies Col. Okere's 'twisted logic' of "let few of you come in"
Chief Dele Momodu (Ovation) respectfully asks that the gates should be thrown open
Omawumi sang an impromptu song, "Open Road for Us", with Fela's soundtrack in the background
Charly Boy also asked for open gates
No entry for us? No exit for anyone too!
Plan B worked. Numerous officials, staff and visitors couldn't drive through
The barricade came crashing and policemen beat a retreat as the protest march moved on!
Where were these policemen when Jos boiled? 3 layers of security block!
Some of the protesters returned to the Eagle Square to debrief. This is by no means the end!