The scenario in the United Kingdom was however not rosy as many Nigerian residences came out in Droves to protest what they describe as slow response of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration to the killings by Fulani herdsmen across the country specifically in Benue.
Recall that, there was seriously allegation made by a nongovernmental organization that was agog on twitter claiming the planned protest was allegedly purported the Benue state government to discredit this administration in front of international community before, urban express news online is yet to get the other account of Benue state government to either refute it or give their own version of the account.
Meanwhile, about 60 protesters marched from the front of the Nigeria High Commission to the office of the British Prime Minister Theresa May at No 10 Downing Street, chanting solidarity song ‘’all we are saying, enough is enough, Buhari must go, the killings must stop’’.
The protest which was organized by the Mutual Union of Tivs in the United Kingdom (MUTUK) and supported by members of the Nigerian community in the UK, lasted for more than three hours.
It took off in front of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, with just about 12 members of MUTUK around 10:30 a.m., with the singing of both the Nigerian national anthem and that of Tiv.
But within minutes, the number of participants nearly tripled as other members of the Nigerian community who had been waiting in front of the Nigerian High Commission – about five minutes’ walk from Trafalgar Square – came over to the national gallery.
After a short prayer and a minute silence in memory of those killed in Benue, the demonstrators proceeded to the front of the commission where many others had also been waiting.
With nationalistic adrenaline flowing in many veins and solidarity songs, the crowd defied the freezing weather and blocked the main entrance of the High Commission.
The various speakers took to the microphone to condemn President Buhari, Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Inspector General of Police and the National Assembly. The bulk of the speeches and blame were on Buhari, who was accused of having “Fulanisation” and “Islamisation” agendas.
Those who addressed the crowd included MUTUK’s Shadrach Iornem and Chidi Cali of the Concerned Nigerians in the United Kingdom. Iornem said President Buhari should either stop the killings or resign.
In response to chants of “who are killing our children?” “Who’s killing our women?” “Who’s slaughtering our sons?” and “Who’s killing Nigerians?” the crowd shouted Buhari’s name to each until men of the Metropolitan Police asked them to move to the opposite side of the commission, where the protest continued.
Chants of “Buhari, blood on your hands” and “Buhari must go” continued till 12:11 p.m. when the crowd then started the journey to No 10, Downing Street, about 15 minutes’ walk.
As the protest became a mobile one, the songs and chants continued all the way to the prime minister’s office where officers of MUTUK delivered a letter seeking the intervention of the British government and the international community to representatives of Mrs May.
As the crowd turned heads and many onlookers and tourists made enquiries, the demonstrators also chanted:“Buhari belongs to herdsmen. We say no to genocide. All we are saying, no more killings, stop Benue killings.”
While the leaders went inside No 10, others continued the protest till they returned to inform their fellow Nigerians that there would be a response from the British government at a later date.
MUTUK’s Secretary General, Gillian Sasvari, in an interview with BBC, monitored by urban express-news said: “the killings are not just a Tiv problem, it is a Nigerian problem.“
Gillian said he was not surprised, having campaigned against Buhari’s candidacy during the 2015 elections. “I don’t hate the man or his policies, but Buhari belongs to the past.”