[ View the story "#OurNASS protesters take to the streets in Nigeria" on Storify] #OurNASS protesters take to the streets in Nigeria Campaign calls for a full breakdown of National Assembly budget.
The Stream· Thu, Sep 26 2013 11:19:32
On Twitter, supporters of the protests were sharply critical of lawmakers, who they criticised for their silence, wealth, and lack of accountability.
#OurNASS is a warning to politicians that Nigerians will no longer sit back and watch them destroy the country.time to demand answers.Lade
@Naijamatta only in #Nigeria do u find so many super-rich politicians who do not create any wealth, they just plunder the state. #OurNassEnebeli
Politicians on twitter who are supposedly fighting for d masses are curiously silent 2day. 2mrw, they will resume with GEJ must go. #OurNassRamblersINC.
The battle will be long n hard but we shall overcome. Nigeria cannot be left in the hands of politicians. We demand accountability #OurNASSOlumuyiwa Ayoola
According to blogger Blossom Nnodim, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe addressed the crowd gathered in Abuja.
"If you seek a debate with me, I will give you the facts, there is nothing to hide" ~ Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. #ourNASS #AbujaNnodim Blossom
"It is not my job to tell you when you are going back to school, it is #ASUU's job" ~ Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. #ourNASS #AbujaNnodim Blossom
Despite tens of thousands of
tweets, some criticised what they saw as a lack of overall interest and participation in the on-the-ground protests.
And to think Nigerian university students have been home for almost 3 months and NONE was at the #OurNASS Lagos protest.Change!
I SEE A BETTER #NIGERIA but i see less warriors ready to fight for that better NIGERIA. #OurNASSChukwunonso Nzekwe
Too bad I didn't see any students at the #ourNASSlag. Where are u while the rest of us fight for u? #OurNASS #ASUUStrikeocho
Instead of people to capitalise on this opportunity to fight for their rights, some of them are discouraging & giving false news. #OurNASSMr El-bonga
However, others vowed that they would continue demanding accountability.
To you all who were on the street today to show how serious we are, you weren't there alone. Don't think you did it in vain. #OurNASSPositive
Enlightened masses will do the magic. With this, am optimistic; Nigeria will laugh again.#OurNASSOkparaolu Chris
Points taken. Lessons leant. We will be back, better, organized, and strategically situated to go further. Something must give #OurNASSAsk #OurNass 26 Sept
We'll be back. But next time, we'll reach out to more people, civilly engage more people, and mobilize more people. #OurNASSNedu
We did it and it is just a start. #OurNASSDebo Adejugbe
On Wednesday, The Stream asked Nigerians on Twitter whether they would be participating in the protests.
@AJStream Quite frankly, i dont think these protests would be of any good because these legislators are not accountable to anybody..Izukanne Akosa
@AJStream #Our NASS#Nigeria. It's high time the Nigerian populists awake and tell the so called government Enough is Enough.Idris dikkose
My country is the only place on earth where milk and Honey flows but in one direction @AJStream: #Nigeria #OurNASS #AJStreamcrank™
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