A group of Nigerians in solidarity on Tuesday, April 10, staged a protest outside the residence of President Muhammadu Buhari, calling for him to go.
The protesters were seen carrying placards with inscriptions such as "They can't kill us all", "Protect lives not cows", "Herdsmen are boko haram members released by Nigerian government" and chanting Buhari must go.
President Buhari had departed Abuja for an official visit to the United Kingdom where he is expected to hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Prime Minister Theresa May.
Below is a short clip of the protest shared on Instagram by Charles Oputa, aka Charly boy:
A statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu says the Nigerian leader is headed to the United Kingdom on an official visit ahead of the Commonwealth Head of Governments meeting (CHOGOM).
The personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet on Monday, April 9, said the discussion between Buhari and Theresa May will focus on Nigeria - British relations.
In reaction to the protest, the presidency said it was organised by ''Nigerian looters''. The presidency said it has uncovered plans by those described as “Nigerian looters” to disrupt the ongoing official visit of President Buhari to London.
Sources in the presidency told State House correspondents on Tuesday, April 10, that the alleged looters and corrupt elements had rented motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against President Buhari on his arrival to London.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that a presidency source confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for London on Monday, April 9, to commence his annual leave.
President Buhari left early to enable him rest before participating in the 25th commonwealth heads of government meeting, also known as CHOGM 2018, which is to be held at the Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Windsor Castle.
Meanwhile, President Buhari had announced that he would seek reelection in the 2019. The development was made public by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmed.
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