Nigerian in the UK and to be specific London, organised a demonstration in front of the Nigerian Embassy in London.This was done in solidarity with the “occupy Nigeria” demonstration that has been ongoing in various cities across Nigeria. The reason for this protest is that, Nigerians disagree with the recent fuel subsidy removal President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Nigerians in London were supported by other Africans in the UK and friends of African in UK. They are not only protesting because they do not welcome the subsidy removal, they are doing so because the government has taken the masses for granted for far too long. They welcome the removal but they demand that the government need to fix some of the problems in the country before taking such a bold step.
They are “occupying Nigeria” abroad because they are saying enoughis enough. Enough to government corruption, enough to government waste, enough to the lack of infrastructures to jump start the economy and allow the people to live in a decent environment. They are saying enough to Nigerians running to foreign lands because their homes no longer feel like home. Enough to injustice and several decadence in the Nigerian society.
They are saying, since there is no electricity in Nigeria, fuel subsidy removal means every thing will rise in price. From providing electricity with generator to daily transportation, the price of food and various other commodities.
They occupy Nigeria demonstration is the first of its kind to happen in the country after over 50 years of independence. Nigerians home and abroad came together. They forgot about their ethic and religious differences to speak in one voice. According to , Nigerians “suffer and smile”. However, it is like Nigerians are no longer suffering and smiling. They are saying enough is enough!
Below is the occupy Nigeria rally that was organised earlier in Lagos.