VIDEO: Nigerian protesters slap senior US government official for interfering in anti-Buhari protests
Some Nigerian protesters were captured in a video slapping a senior government official believed to be one of those who accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States.
The official was harassed and slapped by anti-Buhari protesters for interfering in protests and trying to deter protesters.
The video, obtained by SaharaReporters, shows the moment the official, dressed in a blue suit, was scolded by protesters as he tried to convince them to leave the scene of the protests.
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The official, whose identity has yet to be established, was seen approaching protesters and shouting “I am for one Nigeria”, but was resisted as angry agitators shouted him and finally slapped him for pushing one of them.
Meanwhile, in video obtained by SaharaReporters on Saturday, the official obstructing Buhari’s anti-government protesters was humiliated as he shouted “I am for one Nigeria”.
One of the agitators then said to the government official: “Name three streets in the North. Go outside. If you are for a Nigeria, go home. Go home. Go home. Go back to Nigeria and dress like that and let them see you. I have just returned from Nigeria. Look at yourself, go sit down.
He was, however, slapped when he forced himself on the protesters and pushed one of them, causing the person filming to scream even more as he threatened to hit the official.
Another protester said: “Respect each other. You are a useless man; one so unfortunate. You are a citizen, I am a citizen too. We will defeat you and nothing will happen.
SaharaReporters reported last week how three groups stormed the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States, to stage protests as Buhari attended a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, an event which lasted for a week.
Two groups were in the United States to protest against the evils of Buhari’s government while one was organized by a pro-Buhari clique to oppose his critics.
One of the groups, the Alliance of Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities for Self-Determination, is led by Yoruba historian Professor Banji Akintoye.
Additionally, activists under the umbrella of the TakeItBack movement who rallied for a protest at UN headquarters in New York were there to lay out their demands.
Meanwhile, a third group ‘One Nigeria Group’ was there, after members were reportedly paid to express their support for the country’s leader while promoting the concept of unity in diversity.
The renowned historian had accused the Nigerian government of sponsoring the counter-protest at the UN headquarters, alleging that black foreigners living in the United States of America were “hired at $500 a head”.