- Nigerians in South Africa have taken to the streets in protest of the current situation in the African country
- The protest will be heading to the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria on Wednesday morning
- This comes after reports of security forces shooting at unarmed protestors surfaced on Tuesday
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A group of Nigerians living in South Africa have gathered on Wednesday to protest against the current unrest in the country.
The group will be marching to the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, determined to protest against the injustice despite being so far from home.
Ayo Songuro, a lawyer living in SA, participated in the demonstration and commented that:
"Tomorrow morning ( Wednesday) we take the protest to the Nigerian High Commission here. If the government thinks it can ban protesters at home, then we will take up the baton and protest across the world."
Songuro slammed the Nigerian military as 'sick', calling for urgent intervention:
"The Nigerian military is sick and requires urgent intervention. Because public intervention in military affairs is a sensitive issue, our politicians avoid commenting on it except when it affects their electoral interests. But the rest of us must not remain mute."
The lawyer is adamant that change needs to take place before Nigeria can be at peace again:
"There will be no peace without social justice. There will be no progress without accountability."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the situation in Nigeria at the moment has seen scores of people calling for peace and expressing their outrage.
Around 1 000 protesters had gathered at the Lekki Toll Gate despite authorities announcing an open-ended lockdown in Lagos.
The situation in the capital city has been tense with movements against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (an infamous police force) seeing thousands of Nigerians taking to the streets.
The incident that took place on Tuesday has been slammed by many as nothing short of a massacre with reports of security forces allegedly opening fire on the peaceful demonstrators who had gathered to sing the national anthem, vowing to stay put despite the curfew.
However, the army itself has denied the allegations that it had been ordered to shoot at the unarmed demonstrators, slamming it as fake news.
DJ Switch, a popular artist in the country, live-streamed scenes of the violence to 150 000 Instagram viewers, pleading for help.
It is not currently known how many people were fatally injured during the protest. Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had ordered that a shutdown should be imposed in the capital, claiming that the protests had 'degenerated into a monster':
"Criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem. We will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state."
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Source: Briefly News