Canada-based Nigerians protest insecurity in homeland
Some Canadian-based Nigerians have lamented corruption, banditry, kidnappings, killings in their country, explaining that the insecurity afflicting their homeland had affected its development.
Angered by the worsened state of insecurity in the country, representatives if the Concerned Nigerians in Canada, on Wednesday, stormed the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to express their concern about the state of affairs in the country.
The protesters were seen carrying placards of different inscriptions, including, “Buhari, these killings must stop now!”, “Nigeria is worse than Afghanistan”, “Canadian government please come to our rescue”, “Fulani herdsmen have taken over our land”, “Kidnapping, banditry and terrorist attack now a daily activity”, “Stop recycling insurgents, Buhari”, “International community, come to our aid in Nigeria”.
During the demonstration, the protesters were seen delivering a communique too the Minister, Counsellor/ Head of Chancery, Movement/Deportation, Protocol Desk, Nigeria High Commission, Mohammed Ismaila.
The communique, which was addressed to the president, Muhammadu Buhari, was titled, “Security Challenges in Nigeria”.
The convener of the demonstration, Olujimi Adekanle, said in the communique that insecurity remained the major challenge hampering the socio-economic development of Nigeria, adding that the Transparency International ranked Nigeria 146th position in the Corruption Perception Index.
Adekanle stated that no fewer than 1,860,000 Nigerians had been displaced due to insecurity in the country, adding that Boko Haram insurgents, Fulani herdsmen and bandits were waging war on Nigerian communities, abducting innocent school children and demanding outrageous amount of ransom”, part of the communique read.