More than 300 Nigerian residents of the United Kingdom today displayed their support of the #OccupyNigeria movement by embarking on a protest in the city of London from Charing Cross station to the Nigerian Embassy.
Earlier today, NicholasIibekwe, one of the organisers said, “We are still here. Been here since 12 and the ambassador has refused to see us. We are over 500 people here and we intend to wait it out… We do not know what to do if he doesn’t come out but most people have sworn not to leave until he shows his face.”
Popular Nigerian entertainment entrepreneur DJ Abass, also at the protest, made the following statements regarding the protest:
“The UK arguably has the largest number of Nigerians in the diaspora and London with the most numbers hence the significance of the protest march. The build up to the London protest is generating a lot of international attention which is a measure of effectiveness in terms of global awareness and remember, London is the gateway to the world. I find it very unfair that the federal govt of Nigeria will ‘hastily’ institute a subsidy removal on petroleum in the face of embarrassing opulence being exhibit by our legislators courtesy of their fat pay packets. It should have been phased with necessary palliative measures put in place and more importantly, ‘Removal of subsidy’ should start with their salaries.”
More photos from the demonstration can be seen below.