Nigerian nationals living in South Africa beat the tarmac on Wednesday to express their outrage at the bloody crackdown suffered by protesters in Lagos.
The tragedy, which unfolded in Nigeria’s economic capital on Tuesday, sparked outrage around the world. Nigerians living in South Africa have given their support to their young compatriots who are protesting against police violence and condemned, with all their energy, the action of the police, who opened fire on more than 1 000 demonstrators, causing deaths and serious injuries.
About hundreds of Nigerians living in South Africa expressed their dissatisfaction with killing peaceful protesters and police brutality in Nigeria. “We are here as Nigerians to say no to bad governance. Our country is in disarray. They turned off the lights to kill young Nigerians who were protesting. They say that our young people are lazy, but look at us,” said Oedengbe Bright, head of an association of Nigerians living in Cape Town.
While international condemnations are ringing out from all sides, from the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to Joe Biden, passing by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, and that of British diplomacy, Dominic Raab, the President Buhari was walled up for a long time in the almost total silence, as if nothing had happened. But on Wednesday evening, he finally came out of his silence to promise justice to the victims of repression.