Supporters of the Labor Party in Plateau State marched in large numbers to the two million-strong solidarity march on Saturday to rally support for the LP presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
The crowd departed from Jos’ city center and marched through the major streets, shutting down the city while traffic in the metropolis was paralyzed for nearly four hours.
The massive crowd simply tagged Obi Movement, donned T-shirts with various inscriptions in support of Obi-Datti’s presidential bid, and took over the entire Secretariat Junction in the city center before escalating to other city streets.
The supporters, under the auspices of the Initiative for a Better and Brighter Nigeria (IBBN), a group formed by more than 80 groups of individuals from different tribes, ended their gathering at the intersection of the Secretariat of State where several personalities addressed the gigantic crowd.
Addressing the crowd, Prophet Isa El-Buba Sadiq emphasized that a new Nigeria was possible because Nigeria is a nation that controls black African countries.
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He lamented that Nigerians have been oppressed for too long by those who think they own the country.
“We are tired of what is happening in the country; our leaders can no longer defend us; we want to tell them that enough is enough; we want justice; we want honesty; we want justice and we will speak out to let them know we are tired.
“We can no longer sit back and watch our children being slaughtered by militias. We devote our personal resources to this movement; we train more than 40 million supporters and deploy them to ‘fight’ for this cause without violence; we will be peaceful but tenacious to make sure we reach our goal; the target is Obi for president. ”
El-Buba Sadiq stated that this can only be achieved if Nigerians unite with one voice, motive and purpose to support Obi who will make Nigeria a better place for all.
He insisted that Obi would be the one to redeem Nigeria and give the people a life Nigerians dream of – a life with purpose.
He added that “with or without Obi, a new Nigeria is possible, but Obi is just a tool and a stepping stone for us to have a better Nigeria.”
He said: “The Middle Belt Elders Forum chairman, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, had consulted with key stakeholders in the Middle Belt and Nigeria on how to achieve this goal before embarking on this. After much deliberation, we decided to go for someone in the southeast, and Obi turned up as our “savior,” and he certainly will.
“This movement for Obi has just begun and a new Nigeria awaits us; a new Nigeria full of possibilities and a home for everyone.”
A cross-section of supporters, mostly young people who spoke to the Sunday Tribune, stated that they had not been persuaded by anyone to participate in the solidarity rally.
They claimed that the majority of them joined the movement believing that Mr. Obi has the capacity to save the country from bad governance.