President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to London was Tuesday, greeted with a protest by some Nigerians living in London.
The protesters stormed the Abuja House in Kensington London, where the President is staying, blaming him for the nation’s ills.
The Presidency, in a swift reaction blamed the protest saying looters were the masterminds of the action.
The protesters said they would take their action to the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, next week, which the President will attend.
The protesters were said to have accused the President of not addressing the herdsmen/farmers attack, and not doing anything about the citizens’ welfare.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his boss’ mission to London won’t be distracted as a result of the protest.
A presidential source, who does not want his name in print, insisted that the protest was corruption fighting back.
He said, “Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari declared his intention to contest for another term in office, the camps of alleged looters and corrupt elements within and outside the country have been jolted, forcing them to push panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the President on his arrival in the United Kingdom”.
The source claimed that extremely corrupt Nigerians who are custodians of slush funds stolen from Nigeria, and hiding in UK or are resident cronies of such elements, have colluded to form a league of protesters with a singular aim of distracting and disorganising the scheduled state visit of the President to England, for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and other dignitaries.
He said, “Esteemed Nigerians home and abroad, friends and business investors in Nigeria, should please see through the veil of the motive behind the Abuja House, Kensington London demonstration.
“It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti corruption campaign , which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally.
“This unpatriotic act is not unconnected to the Federal government policies to name and shame corrupt citizens and looters; to collate database of Nigerians with homes in UK who are not paying the right taxes, and the hot drive to prosecute all financial defaulters through bilateral and multilateral means”.
Security sources disclosed that the protesters were bent on embarrassing and humiliating the President throughout his stay in the UK.