Nigeria's Youth March for Clean Elections


Youth in Nigeria want a clean election and 200 took to the streets to let their voices be heard

The students, artists, professionals and activists carried banners and placards and passed out flyers to onlookers as they marched through downtown Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital.

As the protesters wound their way through the streets for more than an hour, they had an open van fitted with huge speakers trailing them and blasting popular hits such as Bob Marley's "One Love," as well as Afrobeat tunes by now deceased Nigerian musician Fela Kuti and his son Femi Kuti.

The van also carried a team that was streaming live a video recording of the protest to the Web, powered by a generator.

Some of the placards they held read, "Our Votes Must Count," and "(Acting President Goodluck) Jonathan We Are Watching." One banner read, "No Light, No Water, Finally Young Nigerians Get Angry."

Tolu Ogunlesi, one of the protest organizers, said they are not deterred by the apathy many Nigerians express towards politics because of allegations of vote rigging in past elections.

"We should not complain until we have done our best," said Ogunlesi, who is also a journalist with the independent newspaper NEXT.


SOURCE: The Associated Press