The US Mission in Nigeria has advised its citizens in the country to stay away from the June 12, 2021 protests, which will take place across the country on Saturday.
The US issued a statement headlined, “Demonstration Alert: US Mission Nigeria (June 11, 2021) – Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day,” on Friday.
The embassy warned American citizens to keep a low profile and avoid protesting venues, which are likely to include the Unity Fountain in Abuja, as well as the Lekki tollgate plaza and Gani Fawehinmi Park in Lagos.
The statement read in part;
“Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day. Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday, and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.
“The likely locations for the protests in Abuja will be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle. In Lagos, the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park. Calls for the protests suggest they may begin as early as 7am.
“Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media for updates. Keep a low profile.”
Protests against mismanagement, insecurity, the suspension of Twitter, and other issues are expected to be held by a number of groups.
Others, such as the #RevolutionNow movement spearheaded by Sahara Reporters Publisher Omoyele Sowore, are planning a protest titled “Buhari Must Go,” which some state governments have condemned.