Among other things, nationwide protests were called for due to poor governance, insecurity, and the recent Twitter ban.
Nigerian police have fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in Lagos, the capital, Abuja, with reports of arrests and injuries.
Nigerian activists on Saturday called for nationwide protests, which they criticized as “mismanagement” and “insecurity like the recent one.” Twitter ban By the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
There were also protest pockets in Ibadan, Osogbo, Abeokuta, and Akure in southwestern Nigeria.
The protests were the first to take place in several cities starting at the same time #EndSARS movement against police brutality It turned into one of the largest anti-government protests in Nigeria’s recent history in October.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Lagos, a metropolis of more than 20 million people, on Saturday as police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The protesters carried placards reading “Buhari Must Go” calling for reform.
A similar scenario took place in Abuja when protesters gathered at 7 am (GMT 06:00).
The police and army detachment smashed the crowd using tear gas. Reporters from the AFP news agency reported at the scene, adding that some journalists had been persecuted by security forces.
The police said that the protests were unauthorized, and the AFP journalists said they had seen a few people.
“We can not continue like this; all bad governments must be stopped,” said Samson Okafor, a protester in Lagos, where tear gas canisters were thrown into the street as police shouted in front of protesters as they left the scene.
Officers were also seen smashing cell phones confiscated from protesters, some of whom criticized the government’s decision to suspend Twitter after the social media platform removed President Buhari’s post.
Bukhari, the former general who was first elected president in 2015, has come under pressure over growing insecurity in Africa’s most populous country, home to more than 200 million people.
Security forces are battling an armed insurgency in the northeast, mass kidnappings of criminals in the northwest, outbreaks of attacks, and rising separatist tensions in the northeast.
The government also sparked outrage a week ago when it suspended Twitter indefinitely, saying the platform was being used to destabilize Nigeria.
Saturday’s rally was called Democracy Day, marking the 1993 anniversary of the election of Moshood Kashimawo Abiola as President of Nigeria.
Abiola’s victory was overthrown by the then military government, dragging Nigeria into months of civil unrest.
Nigeria returned to civilian power in May 1999, but after Buhari became president, he chose June 12 as Democracy Day to honor Abiola մյուս other heroes of the struggle.