Why Nigerians In UK Stormed High Commission – Leader
Wilson Diriwari, the leader of Concerned Nigerians Living in the UK (CNLUK), has explained the group’s decision to storm the Nigerian High Commission in London, United Kingdom.
The group had stormed the Nigerian mission on Friday to protest alleged illegal suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and harassment of leading opposition figures by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Many of the protesters carried placards with several inscriptions, including: “no voters’ intimidation by police”, “free and fair elections in Nigeria”.
In a statement, Diriwari said, “We the Concerned Nigerians Living in the U.K. are kicking against all forms of political impunity and social injustice in our motherland, Nigeria.
“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.
“Buhari’s government said it would not accept any foreign “meddling” after the European Union, the 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 its 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.”
The group also charged the Federal Government against further harassment of opposition figures in the Senate and intimidation of the media, recalling the recent Nigerian Army action against Daily Trust newspaper offices.