SA Police clash with Nigerian protesters outside Union Buildings Pretoria

There was palpable tension, as police clashed with protesters outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria. This was during the visit of Nigerian President Buhari, who faced strings of strange accusations. The agitators are demanding that Buhari must conduct a DNA test to ascertain his true identity.

They however alleged that he is not the real Buhari.

The group of Nigerian protesters are demanding to meet their president outside the Sheraton hotel in Pretoria.

President Muhammadu Buhari is meeting Nigerians living in the country.

They’re calling for the release of jailed Nigerian activist Omoyele Sowore and want to tell Buhari about their plight in South Africa.

Meanwhile, the South African media and other journalists haven’t been allowed to attend the meeting.

Buhari is in the country on a three-day state visit following attacks on foreign nationals.

Buhari and President Cyril Ramaphosa met on Thursday to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Protesters had gathered outside of the iconic landmark to make their voices heard. Some of the protesters narrated what the demonstrations were about. The group were demanding that Buhari addresses them immediately – and, while he’s at it, volunteer for a DNA test.

The protesters who rocked up outside the Union Buildings firmly believe that Muhammadu Buhari is either a clone, or has been replaced by a man called Jubril from Sudan.

The government have been openly accused of being complicit in a conspiracy by Biafran activist “Nnamdi” Kenny Kanu.

Kanu is a leading member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, a separatist group that seeks political autonomy for the Igbo speaking people of Southern Nigeria.

Watch protesters label the Nigerian President an “imposter”:

Police use full force against protesters outside the Union Buildings

However, things did get seriously heated during Buhari’s address. The civil disruptors were dispersed by stun grenades and rubber bullets. It has been reported that one of the Biafrans – a Nigerian national – was wounded in the leg and he’s currently receiving medical treatment.

Buhari said in his speech that he stood in solidarity with Ramaphosa in ensuring that xenophobic violence does not break out again. Buhari called on the South African government to learn from Nigeria, in how they dealt with the perpetrators nabbed for instigating the violence against South African businesses.

The Nigerian President will hold a ‘town hall’ meeting with Nigerian expats on Friday, where he will get an opportunity to hear about the traumas that his people have suffered since the xenophobic violence broke out.

The struggle for Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a  widely viewed as an independent country seeking independence from Nigeria.

It existed from 30 May 1967 to January 1970; it was made up of the states in the Southern Region of Nigeria. People from this region identify with the old nation. The original declaration of independence from Nigeria resulted in civil war between Biafra and Nigeria.


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