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UPDATED | #IStandWithNigeria: Protesters Storm Aso Rock

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This post has been updated to remove the report that Nigerians trooped out en masse to the Nigerian High Commission, U.K, to demand that President Muhammadu Buhari delivers a five minutes speech.

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Buhari, who was supposed to return to Nigeria on Sunday (February 5th) evening, extended his vacation to enable him complete “series of tests” in London.

The statement by the president’s Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina, did not state when the president will return to the country, leaving many citizens speculating over the health of the 74 year old leader.

The #IStandWithNigeria protesters have also marched on Aso Villa where they were blocked by armed police officers.

The protesters, led by Professor Chidi Odinkalu, a human rights lawyer, and former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

They are demanding 1. Transparent government 2. Security 3. Reduction in cost of governance. 4. Social Justice & Corruption 5. Power.

The protesters are also demanding that the “Grasscutter” (referring to SGF, Babachir Lawal) be sacked.

 

 

26 Comments

  1. Busarni

    February 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    See gobe; thats the spirit. When we come together like this regardless of our tribe and religion; we send shivers down the spine of the corrupt politicians. enough is enough; our mumu don do;

    • Truth

      February 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      We thank Nigerians in UK for supporting #IStandWithNigeria protest. Thanks a million times for representing us. Please do us a favor: if Mr president refuses to come out to address you or at least waves his hands to you, then keep repeating this protest in from of the Nigerian High Commission Office EVERY DAY till he comes out to tell us if he’s still ALIVE or DEAD. We can’t continue like this. The presidency can’t be fooling and deceiving a whole Nigeria with their Lies. #OurMuMuDonDo

    • Orienma

      February 6, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Yessooooooo

  2. Benson Ossai

    February 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Buhari should speak.Is mr president so sick that he can not talk?Mr president have some respect for Nigerians please know that you are leading human beings and not goats.

  3. Benson Ossai

    February 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hope this protest will continue after today?Not that after first day I stand with Nigeria group will go to sleep.We shall continue to protest until our voices are heard and all our concerns are addressed.I am stepping out tomorrow to join the protest in my area.Enough is Enough

  4. Pink

    February 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    ???????
    Good job guys. Lets pressure them from all angles.
    #OurMumuDonDo

  5. tunmi

    February 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    ??????

  6. Noms

    February 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    My fellow Nigerians in UK, thank you for standing wothbus in this protest. The cost of governance alone in this country is heartbreaking.
    Please let us know when you see and hear from our president and please don’t stop until he shows up. If he is waiting for test results as claimed, then 5minutes won’t be too long to time to talk. At least we heard Yaradua’s voice even if he still died at the end.
    God bless you my people.

    #IstandwithNigeria
    #OnevoiceNigeria
    #EnoughisEnough
    #Unitedwewillconquer
    #wenorgogree
    #senatorsmustreducestheirwages
    #governmentappointeesmustreducetheirearnings

    • Ekene

      February 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      I heard that to pack shit for ASO rock in 2017 alone , go cost 2.9 billion Naira. Even na 1 Millon Nama dey live there

  7. Bleed Blue

    February 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    BN have you guys seen the video of Bola Tinubu addressing #IStandWithNigeria protesters today?

    – He blamed the excesses of the past 16 years of government before APC took over (Yes we know that Sir and that’s why we hoped you meant your change mantra when you started it)
    – He said he’s not worried about the exchange rate, after all it shouldn’t be a problem if your salary is in Naira, telling the protester “but you’re not an importer”. (Sorry…what?!)
    – And then he mentioned “corruption is being seriously attacked”. (Yet, here you are Sir).

    That video made me sad. It emphasized how these people in power genuinely have ZERO respect for citizens.

    • Omodolapo

      February 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      APC is over!!!

    • Anne

      February 6, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      How long will you blame previous administration when we can see what you are also doing wrong clearly. How can you assume everyone is dumb?What kind of excuse is that? Is the previous government also responsible for your lavish lifestyle, spending billions of naira on cars and refreshments. This is why no Nigerian has a right to criticize Donald Trump. Since Donald Trump signed his paperwork, what has happened to food, gas and employment. You still have been getting paid and going to work. Sometimes you buy strawberries, blueberries and pears on your way back. In the case of Nigeria, the life of the average man is being threatened. He is not asking for strawberries. He is begging that the price of garri , petrol , kerosene be reduced. I’d rather a Donald Trump as my Nigerian President . At least life goes forward.

    • Czar

      February 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      They would have stoned him; agbaya

    • Iya ibeji

      February 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      Honestly, this protest is not just about Buhari, 98% of our politicians brought us to this point and they must all pay. From local, to state to federal, we need to stop making them talk to us like we are fools. It is surprising that people like this guy can have mouth to talk. I agree with them blaming past administration because they are blaming themselves. Is Tinubu not a past governor, is Obasanjo not a past President? They live their luxurious lives and continue to control things underground. Past and present administrations are responsible for the fate of this nation.

  8. Ottawa Queen

    February 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Unfortunately, due to the snow and chilly weather, we can’t protest here in Ottawa, where the Nigerian Embassy is in Canada. However, I’m pleased at the turnout in other countries and cities. That’s the spirit. Let our voices be heard. No dictator can shut us up!! #istandwithnigeria.

  9. Libby

    February 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    So proud of these guys! Well done everyone!!! The likelihood of this protest holding looked very bleak with tuface backing out but I’m so glad some preserved thanks to the likes of sheyi law giving that little boost of motivation. Well done again guys!

  10. Diokpa

    February 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    They ain’t gonna hear as low as a muffled whisper from PMB on a good day due to his insensitivity/insincerity to the Electorate. However. “”based on logistics”” in this his critical time. I will advise them to “”jejedly”” return to their respective homes as we shall know the truth in the next couple of days.

  11. Enny Heart Heart

    February 6, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Though he did not join in the protests but I’m really proud of 2face tho. This is what you started.

    • fine girl

      February 7, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Yes o. At least he has been able to create a sensitization that went far and wide.If the turnout is like this with him not actively participating,i wonder what it wonder what it would have looked like with his active physical involvement. I think the security threat was personally directed to him and his family.

  12. dips

    February 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    FAKE News!!!!

  13. zee

    February 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    we wish this happened. turns out is an old picture from occupynigeria

  14. Damilola

    February 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you Nigerians in the U.K for dedicating your time to stand for Nigeria. A revolution is so much needed. Whether these government officials like it or not, Nigeria MUST change and be better.

  15. Kanyinsola

    February 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Ori mi wuuuuu!!!!! ???
    Naize one guys! Naize one ????????????

  16. Tosin

    February 6, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    den den dhennn!

  17. chioma

    February 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    If in our representatives(senators, members of house of reps, state Assembly members), we have hope….WE ARE OF ALL MEN MOST MISERABLE!

  18. Kunle

    February 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

    So journalism has become all lazy people affair. This piece of news is fake as there was no protest whatsoever to the UK Nigerian commission. Everybody just jumped on the news because it will direct traffic to the site. Lazy and docile Nigerians

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