In the wake of controversies surrounding the End SARS campaign, musician, Runtown has assured his fans that his protest will go on as planned on October 8, 2020.
It’s been a scary ride the past few weeks with the signing of the Police Bill into law, and a huge increase in the amount of police and FSARS harassment of innocent citizens. This has led many prominent individuals to speak up about the situation on social media.
Initially bent on taking the #EndSARS initiative to the next level, musicians Naira Marley and Runtown planned peaceful protests to be held on the 6th of October and 8th of October respectively.
Naira Marley, whose protest was supposed to take place today has come out to announce that the protest has been cancelled, because the Police reached out to him for an Instagram Live, and promised effective changes.
We won’t be protesting anymore because there’s a lot of changes being made right now. As a Marlian we will give them a week to see the changes and if there’s no changes we will start a mass protest. #togetherwecan https://t.co/RNBXZ0IOfw
— nairamarley (@officialnairam1) October 6, 2020
Many people showed their displeasure with this move, some even taking it betrayal and cowardice.
Naira Marley was here saying young Nigerians like online chit chat and protest. He organised something. Then, on the morning, cancel it and says he’s having a chat with the Nigeria Police Force on Instagram. Ok.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé 🇳🇬 (@OgbeniDipo) October 6, 2020
All of you that took naira Marley seriously about the protest are actually unserious😭😭😂😂
— I am a virgin and i (@Anambravirgin) October 6, 2020
The protest thing now looks more like a publicity stunt
2face made promises only for him to fail,he is no different from a politician
Naira Marley ranted but we are still hearing another story today
What is really going on behind closed doors? pic.twitter.com/bz8PA7uvCx
— Benue Breed’s Assistant (@sezzz_g) October 6, 2020
Some Nigerians also expressed fear of Runtown towing the lines of Naira Marley.
Now that Naira Marley has disappointed many Nigerian Youths, do you still think Runtown will not disappoint?
— BelieveAll PH (@UncleBelieveAll) October 6, 2020
Naira Marley don Japa
I pray say Runtown too no go leave us run 🤲🏽 pic.twitter.com/G92yneEuU1
— CHIEF, THE DADDY 🦁👳♀️ (@ChiefUmarhere) October 6, 2020
Naira Marley don use style Japa , make Runtown no Run pic.twitter.com/PXz9T5ubqG
— IG:Ayo machalajnr🦅 (@__olayinka) October 6, 2020
However, Runtown has shown he is ready for business by reiterating that the date remains Thursday in his latest tweet:
THURSDAY IS THURSDAY !!
— Runtown (@iRuntown) October 6, 2020