The Free Nigeria Movement peaceful protests that have been going on in different parts of the country entered its 11th day on Friday, March 31, 2023, with the protesters storming the European Union (EU) headquarters in Abuja.
The peaceful protesters, who handed over their letter of demands to the leadership of the EU in Nigeria, are “demanding the return of our stolen mandate,” insisting that peaceful protest is a constitutional and human right that is granted both locally and internationally.
The protests are against what has been generally described by local and international observers of the elections as the gravely flawed conduct of the February 25, 2023, Presidential and National Assembly polls as well as the malpractices, suppression and violence that characterised the Governorship and State Assembly polls of March 11, 2023.
Similar protests have also been reported in Lagos, Rivers, Edo and Nasarawa States. In Nasarawa state, half nude women were seen demanding that their votes must be made to count and cursing those who they say rigged the polls and subverted the will of the voters.
The protesters in Lagos were also chanting “our votes must count”, “our voices must be heard” as they went about their peaceful protests.
Pictures here show some of the protesters at the EU headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital City.