News Update: Nigerian Students Protest Financial Recklessness in Nigeria Embassy Berlin
Two Nigerian students in Germany yesterday left the virtual world of Social Media to protest against the Nigerian government financial recklessness and insecurity in the country. The protest took place on Neue Jakobstrasse, the street that lodges the Nigeria Embassy in Berlin.
The protest which started by 10 in the morning had the German police on ground all through the protest. The protest lasted for four hours.
Fliers which served as cahier de doleance were distributed to passers-by and the embassy callers. The fliers read:
‘168 Million Nigerians are under siege. At the mercy of a reckless, fascist government that has made corruption its deadly official policy. The Nigerian people demand sanctions and travel bans on political officers and global attention to the economic terrorism. There are 100 million destitute Nigerians while government officials loot billions of US Dollars every year. We call for global attention to the crises to the largest African nation and a very important nation in Africa and the world. What affects one man, affects all men’
They also bore placards with messages like:
‘It is easier to find a needle in a dark room than to find 20 Billion Dollars in Nigeria’
‘Boko Haram kills innocent citizens, Nigerian government celebrates centenary. Hundreds of Nigerians (Including school children) dead within a week.’
Helen, an embassy staff took note of the petition and queried if the protesters were members of any organization. The protesters responded to the negative revealing that they are citizens that are concerned with their existence and future. Oladapo Ajayi, one of the protesters said: ‘As it is now, our collective future is threatened.’
At the end of the protest, two Embassy officials also gave the assurance that the message of the protest will be conveyed to the government.
The officials were also informed that plans are in top gear to mobilize for protest whenever the President and/or his wife are in Germany on their ritual medical trip.
The group has opened a Twitter account @OccupyBeyondSM to press home their demands.