If you have been active on social media, you must have noticed the trending hashtag #June12Protest. In this article, we explain what the June 12 protest is, why it is happening, and what to do if you will be joining it.
What is the June 12 Protest?
Today, June 12, 2021, Nigerians will take to the streets to protest against bad governance, abuse of human rights, worsening insecurity, and other forms of maladministration and mishandling of democracy in the country. This is coming a week after the Nigerian government banned Twitter for “the persistent use of [Twitter] for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” This suspension was announced through a Twitter thread.
This ban has been deemed unconstitutional, especially because it is a restriction of the rights of Nigerian citizens to express their right to freedom of expression. The provision for the Fundamental Human Rights for Nigerians can be found in Chapter 4 of the Nigerian Constitution. Section 39, under this chapter, details our right to freedom of expression and the press, and Section 40, our right to peaceful assembly and association.
By coming out to protest, Nigerians are exercising this fundamental human right and demanding for better governance and protection of the Nigerian citizen, among other things.
Where is the June 12 protest happening?
The protests are proposed to happen nationwide across all 36 states in the country, and in a few other states outside the country.
Here is a thread to follow for updates on other protest locations:
Who are the leaders of this protest?
Just like the #EndSARS protests of October 2020, there is no central leadership for this protest. It is simply Nigerians gathering together to speak against things which are affecting the quality of their lives as citizens.
Why June 12?
June 12 is a significant day for democracy in Nigerian. This day is believed to be the “real” Democracy day when Nigerians came out enmasse to vote for a democratic government, and free themselves from the shackles of a military regime.
If you are going for the June 12 protests, here is a list of things you should take note of: