The United Nations has said it wants to see the government implementation of reforms sort for by the Nigerian youths which has birthed the ongoing protest with the hashtag #Endsars.
This was contained in a statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on EU’s Twitter handle @EUinNigeria
It noted that it is alarmed to see so many people killed and injured in the protest and therefore demands justice for the victims.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) High Commission in Nigeria on Wednesday said it has shut down its centers in Nigeria for the next 48 hours beginning from today (Wednesday) following the ongoing nationwide protest in the country,
It also stated that its TLS contact visa application centers in Nigeria are currently closed.
Though like its American counterpart, the UK High Commission failed to speak up on last night attacks on defenseless protesters in Lekki, Lagos State, the move by the commission is coming a few hours after the United State government did the same for its Lagos Consulate.
The commission in a brief statement on its Twitter handle, @UKinNigeria, also asked applicants with appointments for Wednesday and Thursday, to reschedule their appointments from Monday, October 26th.
The statement reads: “Due to the ongoing protest in Nigeria and for the safety of both staff and applicants, our Nigeria centers will be closed for 48 hours at a minimum.
“For applicants with booked appointments within this period, please you will need to reschedule your appointment for next week, from 26th October 2020.
“We will continue to post regular updates on this page, so please keep checking back for the latest information on reopening. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”
In a related development, Former United States Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have called on Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the ongoing violent crackdown on protesters in the country.
“I urge President Buhari and the Nigerian military to cease the violent crackdown on protesters in Nigeria, which has already resulted in several deaths,” Biden said in a statement.
“I encourage the government to engage in a good-faith dialogue with civil society to address these long-standing grievances and work together for a more just and inclusive Nigeria.
“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one in the violence.”
He urged the United States to “stand with Nigerians who are peacefully demonstrating for police reform and seeking an end to corruption in their democracy.”
Biden’s statement came hours after a former secretary of states Hillary Clinton Tuesday night asked Nigerian authorities to “stop killing” persons protesting against police brutality in the country.