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Citizens Hold Anti- and Pro-Buhari Rallies in Nigeria, Diaspora

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…As Pro-Buhari Civil Society Coalition Commends 2Face Over Nonparticipation

By James Ezema

Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on Wednesday held pro- and anti-government rallies as the country’s economy remains in the state of uncertainty, with high cost of essential commodities.

In the federal capital territory, Abuja, two groups comprising those in support of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and those against his policies.

While the anti-government protesters demanded better deals from the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, those in support of his government urged the citizens to understand that the entire system is being overhauled, leading to the hardships being experienced across the country.

Both rallies in Abuja held simultaneously at the Unity Fountain Park in the city centre, with a road walk to the seat of power, the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock.

However, both pro-and anti-government protesters were denied access to the Villa by armed security operatives.

Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, the national coordinator of the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, who led the pro-government rally told Nigerians that their motive was not to counter the anti-government protest but the gathering at the Unity Fountain Park was to analyse government programmes and policies.

He said, “As Nigerians, we chose to analyse government policies and found out that the lost glory of Nigeria is returning with full force.

“Yes, the Nigeria of today has built capacity for our Military, the once dreaded Boko Haram has been defeated”, he said.

The coalition praised the Buhari administration for taking over 300, 000 jobless youths of the streets through its N-Power programme as well as caging corrupt leaders.

Also speaking at the pro-government rally, Comrade Yemi Success maintained that the Nigerian economy was likened to a system infested with virus and needed to be shut down and reformatted as a way to provide a lasting solution to the problem, arguing that the current hash economic hardship in the country was the aftermath of the shutdown.

According to him, corruption has eaten deep into the economy before President Buhari assumed office and the economic shut down was inevitable, urging citizens to be patient as better days were ahead.

The protesters against the current economic situation in the country were under the aegis of #ISTANDWITHNIGERIA.

According to Chidi Odikalu, former chairman of the Human Rights Commission,
who spoke on behalf of the anti-government protesters, said he was at the Unity Fountain to demand good governance.

In Lagos, the protesters converged on the National Stadium before marching out to the streets.
Seyi Law, a top comedian, is one of those leading the protest in Lagos.

Nigerians Match to Nigeria High Commission in the UK, Demand To See Buhari
UK Protest 2UK Protest
The #IStandWithNigeria protesters in the United Kingdom (UK) has demanded to see ailing Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerians in the United Kingdom joined the ongoing national protests, which held in major cities across the country, including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and a few other cities.

The protesters were stood in front of the Nigerian High Commission in the UK, demanding that the President addresses the crowd for five minutes.

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