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Twitter in solidarity with Nigeria, as protesters storm streets

Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, on Saturday, tweeted the green-white-green Nigerian flag.

Twitter was said to have changed the colour of its retweet button to green in solidarity with Nigerians and the June 12 protest.

Twitter was suspended by the federal government in what it said was to prevent activities on the microblogging platform that was threatening the corporate existence of the country. Though reports say the social media giant has approved the State for a dialogue.

In Ibadan, Oyo State, youths gathered at the Mokola roundabout for the protest, carrying placards demanding an end to bad governance, with Police, army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps present at the protest ground.

Akure

However, all is silent In Akure, the Ondo state capital, as streets and markets are deserted, despite June 12 falling on a weekend.

The popular Oba Adesida, Arakale, Ondo, Nepa, Hospital and Oyemekun roads were relatively empty. It was same at Alagbaka, Oda and Fiwasaye areas as only few vehicles were seeing plying the roads.

The self imposed sit-at-home may be in connection to the protest schedule to simultaneously hold across the country, which could be hijacked by criminals.

Radio Nigeria gather that resident had stocked up on foodstuff.

Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, urged the people of the state to refrain from actions and utterances that can hurt the unity of the country saying the nation cannot afford to undermine the huge sacrifices it has made to come this far.

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq urged Nigerians to build a consensus around the indivisibility of the Nigerian state and make deliberate efforts to make the country greater and more prosperous.

In the meantime, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev Yakubu Pam said Nigeria will rise again and overcome its challenges, saying President Muhammadu Buhari was doing a lot for the country.

In a statement in Jos, the NCPC boss said, the president’ decision to bring Democracy Day to June 12 was a testament of his envisioned legacy of bequeathing a lasting memory to Nigerians.

Report by BUKOLA BARDI, IBRAHIM KILANI, SAM ADEWALE, BANJI NEJO, GANIYU AGBELUSI from Akure and Bilkisu Kambai in Jos, Lawrence Afolabi in Kwara

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