Bukhari, come home, you lost Nigeria – Nigerian protests in Paris, carry posters
Angry Nigerians protested Tuesday in Paris, the French capital, where President Muhammadu Bukhari will attend the African Finance Summit on a four-day visit.
Nigerians with posters #HarassBuhariOutofParis complained that Bukhari had failed in the country and that his government was characterized by poor governance, bloodshed, assassinations and bad politics.
Some of the signs read: “Innocent Nigerians Die Every Day”, “The Bukhari Government Disappointed the Nigerians” and “The Expulsion of Bukhari from Paris.”
“You must go back to Nigeria. Paris can’t be for you. Nigeria has famine, insecurity and kidnappings. People are suffering. And you came here to relax. Go fix Nigeria. You have disappointed the Nigerians, ”shouted one of the protesters.
“Go back and fix the hospitals. Make the environment healthy. People die every day, ”said another person.
“Bukhari, which president leaves your country and takes refuge in another country? We live in a foreign land, because our country is not good. Look at me; I am a refugee in this country. I cannot return to my country. You have disappointed the Nigerians, ”complained one of the protesters.
“Can you imagine Benjamin Netanyahu leaving Israel for a summit in France while his country is on fire? However, in the past week, terrorists and bandits have killed more people in Nigeria than in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. That’s why we named it #HarassBuhariOutofParis, ”said Rino Omokri, a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan who co-organized the protest.
Sahara Reporter said on Tuesday that some Nigerians living in South America and other European countries will be hosting #HarassBuhariOutofParis.
One Nigerian confirmed that he flew from Rio de Janeiro from Brazil to Paris in protest, while others flew in from other European countries close to France.
On Monday, Omokri called for a #HarassBuhariOutofParis protest in the wake of Bukhari, who left Nigeria for Paris on Sunday to attend the African Finance Summit.
Nigerian protesters are unhappy that President Bukhari has left the insecure, chaotic state of Nigeria to be unable to attend the African Finance Summit in Paris, France for four days.
“Get ready to join us today at #HarassBuhariOutofParis at 12 noon Paris time at the temporary exhibition center opposite the Eiffel Tower. Bukhari cannot travel the world while Nigeria goes with the flow. He must go back and fix Nigeria! And if he cannot, let him resign with honor.
“It gave meaning to my day. This is a patriot. I flew from Rio de Janeiro to join the #HarassBuhariOutofParis protest tomorrow at noon at the Eiffel Tower’s Temporary Exhibition Center. @MBuhari cannot travel the world and Nigeria – “Go back and fix Nigeria,” Omokri said on Twitter Tuesday morning.
On April 2, a crowd of Nigerians in the UK also stormed the house of Abuja, 2 Campden Hill, Kensington, London, demanding that President Bukhari, who was on sick leave at the time, immediately return home.
HarassBuhariOutOfLondon was trending after the president left Nigeria for the UK for a medical examination.
Human rights activist Omoele Souore also advised Nigerians in the UK to take up a London hospital where President Bukhari was planning to undergo a medical examination.