Though they are millions of miles away, Nigerians under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians Living in the UK (CNLUK) are pained with happenings back at home.

On Friday in their numbers, they stormed the Nigerian High Commission in London to stage a peaceful protest.

Among other grievances, the group was protesting what they termed the illegal suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Some of the protesters, who were holding Nigerian flags, also carried placards with inscriptions like “no voters’ intimidation by police”, “free and fair elections in Nigeria”.

Convener of the protest, Wilson Diriwari, said the aim of the protest was to kick against the suspension of Onnoghen and to also call for free and fair elections.

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“We the Concerned Nigerians Living in the U.K. are kicking against all forms of political impunity and social injustice in our motherland, Nigeria.”

UK Protest

According to CNLUK, Nigerians in Diaspora are kicking against unleashing fear and terror on opponents from other parties.

“As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 elections, we have observed that the incumbent government of President Muhammadu Buhari is unleashing fear and terror on opponents from other parties and this is unacceptable.”

“As this atrocity continues to play out, it is becoming very clear that the Buhari government is not prepared to shift position.

“The implications are terrifying and leave us worrying about our relatives back home that might get caught up in whatever ensues next.

UK Protest

“Buhari’s government said it would not accept any foreign “meddling” after the European Union, United States and Britain raised concerns over last week’s suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge just weeks before February 16 presidential election.

“This statement means that the Buhari’s government is not ready to listen to neither it’s citizens or the international community.

“We are concerned that such attitude is capable of breaking the nation, derailing the fragile democracy, put life and property at risk and potentially degenerating into a pronounced humanitarian crisis,” Diriwari said.


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