What were they protesting about?
Biafra was a state that briefly seceded from Nigera during the Nigerian-Biafran war (1967-1970). Since then the wish to become a separate state has been bubbling away under the surface. Now it’s becoming a major political topic again. Nnamdi Kanu is based in the UK and runs a radio station called Radio Biafra which is pro-secession. He was arrested by Nigeria’s DSS at Lagos airport as he was returning to the country. The protesters clearly think that the Nigerian Government is in the British Government’s pocket…see https://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_addison/22414706284/ hence a protest opposite 10 Downing Street! That’s loosely the background but I’m sure there are some better qualified bloggers out there who can give the full story. See below for more info…
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Interesting. There have been other African countries that have been in the pockets of the richer European/American ones. The first that comes to mind is the Congo.
I’m not sure that Britain has that much influence over Nigeria these days… We don’t have any spare gunboats to send 😉
Nice photo! Isn’t that something? You were right that Kanu thought he’d be protected from arrest just because of his British passport, I am praying Nigeria government steps up their game before this turned into another Boko Haram.
Thanks for dropping by 🙂 I was hoping for a genuine Nigerian comment on this as I don’t know enough about the situation in Nigeria to give a political view of the details of what is being protested about. So Thanks for your input 🙂
And – I’m sure we won’t be sending a gunboat soon 😉
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