- Some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom have condemned the invasion of Wuse Market, Abuja, by the anti-Buhari protesters
- These Nigerians warned that the protest by the anti-Buhari group constitutes grave dangers to Nigeria’s stability
- The group called on the anti-Buhari protesters to address critical issues in Nigeria
Some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom have condemned the invasion of Wuse Market, Abuja, by the anti-Buhari protesters on Tuesday, August 15.
The Nigerians under the aegis of Nigerians In Diaspora Monitoring Group (NIDMG) on Wednesday, August 16, warned that the protest by the anti-Buhari group constitutes grave dangers to Nigeria’s stability.
The NIDMG spokesperson Ibukun Ola in a statement said the protests were already stoking tension across Nigeria.
Ola said the invasion of the populous market by the Charly Boy led protesters was aimed at crippling the economic activities in the country.
He said: "We see the invasion of Wuse Market, which was ostensibly targeted at crippling economic activities there, as an attempt to replicate the economic sabotage usually deployed with the sit-at-home order of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MASSOB and other secessionists in the South-East. It has no place in the nation’s capital and must not be encouraged in any other part of the country.
"We are concerned at the ethnic and religious coloration of reactions trailing the Wuse Market invasion since this can only further deepen animosity over what was originally a non-issue. While urging would be protesters of any cause to keep their activities within the public space to which they are entitled, we appeal to those who feel their space has been invaded to invite the relevant law enforcement agencies to intervene and not take the law into their own hands."
Ola said the NIDMG has watched with concern the developments around the protest and warns that such activities is an effort to replicate the aberration being mislabelled as freedom of expression in Nigeria.
He said: "Even in Nigeria where some people erroneously conclude there are no laws, the decision of the protesters to invade a trading space depicts a deficit of reasoning since businessmen in this facility bought and owned their stalls and would not accept allow other people deprive them of their means of livelihood without repercussions. Handymen and truck pushers who rely on smooth operations at the market would similarly not condone any activity that would deprive them of their means of sustenance.
"It is most unfortunate that Charlie Boy and his protesters validated earlier claims by security agencies that criminals have infiltrated the ranks of protesters to cause trouble.
"They have equally proven that there are sinister motives to the protests that have become confrontational. More worrisome is the level of aggression reportedly displayed by Charlie Boy when he forced his way into the market.
"As can be seen in the Wuse Market scenario, those who resort to self help thinking they were protecting their turf would get arrested when violence breaks out. We urge the police and other security agencies not to pander to political correctness but to decisively prosecute those found to have breached the law.
"Besides discouraging trouble makers in Nigeria, it would stop our citizens from trespassing on private and business spaces abroad since the #OurMumuDonDo protesters are implementing and contemplating similar foolhardiness here in London and other world cities.
"To demonstrate how protests can be used to achieve positive results, the NIDMG should facilitate public marches to highlight the more pressing issues confronting Nigeria like Boko Haram’s terrorism, the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs), killings by criminal elements pursuing secession in the south-east, growing cases of ritual killing, kidnap for ransom and baby factories in some part of the country."
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a third group mainly comprising of Niger Delta Youth converged at the famous Unity Fountain in support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group also condemned the protest by the Charly Boy led group against the long stay of the President in London.
The leader of the Niger Delta Youth while speaking to NAIJ.com said the group will march to the Presidential Villa as a show of their vote of confidence on President Buhari.
Watch Charly Boy's Our Mumu Don Do protest on NAIJ.com TV held in Lagos few months ago: