Emeka Toms Ugwu
On 27th January 2010, Nigerians gathered at the heart of Dublin, along O`Connell street to protest against the current political situation in Nigeria. Notwithstanding the beehive of activities at the city centre, coupled with the bustling and hustling daily life in the city, these brave Nigerians stood with their placards, drawing the attention of the curious crowd who briskly wasted few minutes around the protesters to take few snapshots or find out the motives of their protest.
The African voice authoritatively gathered that the protest was partly a continuation of the mass protest led by Wole Soyinka in Nigeria repeated in few major cities of the world to condemn the current political situation back in Nigeria. These group of Nigerians who protested in Dublin also used the occasion to vent out their anger on the excruciating high price charged to obtain Nigerian passport at the Nigerian embassy in Dublin.
The leader of the group Ukachukwu Okorie who claimed to have single handily organised the protest, told The African voice how Nigeria has been hijacked by group of mafia in the name of governance, who never meant anything good for the generality of Nigerians. He further lamented on the level of corruption, tribalism, religious intolerance, dearth of infrastructural development and the pauperisation of the entire populace by a few vile clique masquerading themselves as leaders in Nigeria. Some of the grievances of the Nigerians were boldly contained in their placards, like the one that reads, 'Nigeria Weeps'. The protesters also condemned the stigmatisation of Nigeria of 150 million population as a terrorist nation, because of one spoilt brat called Mutallab.
When The African voice demanded to know the cause of poor turnout at the protest match despite the level of publicity the event attracted, Ukachukwu pointedly blame it on some detractors who used every means at their disposal to scare people away from the protest, even pleading to him (Ukachukwu) to cancel the protest. He also admitted that other counties in Ireland were not contacted for the protest, though they were solidly in support of the event.