2face Idibia marks birthday with open letter to Nigerians
The Nigerian singer and songwriter Innocent Ujah Idibia, known under his stage name 2Baba, celebrates his 44th birthday on Wednesday with a warm message to all Nigerians.
In his message to the Nigerians, he called on the government and all citizens to work together to restore peace throughout the country.
He wrote: “As I celebrate my birthday today, I call for peace across our dear country, Nigeria. Different forms of violence including electoral, banditry, herders and farmers conflicts, kidnapping and terrorism have and continue to snatch the lives of Nigeria’s citizens.
“Let’s be clear, this is not a salvo to attack the government, I am not a politician but an artist and social rights crusader. I am calling on government (i.e our political leadership, security services, etc.); and all citizens (i.e artists, entrepreneurs, media, Okada riders, etc.) to do everything we can and must do to promote and guarantee peace.
“On my part, I have dedicated myself to mobilizing Nigerian youth and engaging political, security and traditional authorities to promote peaceful elections since 2014.
“I have worked with talented youth across Nigeria to reach 62 million people with the message of“elections without violence” as the Ambassador of the Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War campaign.
“I will be leading the campaign’s efforts to promote peace during the November 16, 2019 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States. As Nigerians, we must join hands together to resist violence across our country, in whatever nature in manifests. The government must, however, take the lead on this, as there are limits to what citizens can do – no matter how well-intentioned.
“As November 16, 2019, Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections approach, we must remember that the legitimacy of any government lies with its emergence from a peaceful, free, fair and credible election.
“I call on Kogi and Bayelsa youth to say NO to politicians who may offer them money to perpetrate violence or buy their votes. Let your conscience lead you.
“In relation to all forms of violence across Nigeria – we need to remember that there can be no development without peace. We need to make the wise choice for the future as violence erodes our values and kills our people.
“We must also look out for the vices of hate speech, fake news, misinformation, and disinformation which are certified triggers of violence.
“One love my people, thank you for all the support over these years.”