Nigeria Community Organisations in United Kingdom React

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NIGERIAN community organisations staged a demonstration outside Plumstead police station in southeast London to express their revulsion at the recent murder of a British soldier in nearby by two young men of Nigerian extraction.

Following the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, two Britons of Nigerian extraction on John Wilson Street in Woolwich, the Nigerian community has been very vocal in its condemnation of the attack. All of the UK community organisations have come out to condemn the gruesome and unprovoked murder, making it clear that Nigerians in the UK disassociate themselves from it.

This morning, a group of Nigerians led by Chief Bimbo Roberts Afolayan, the president of the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK, held a mini demonstration outside the Plumstead police station to make the point. He spoke to media organisations present, expressing the community's condolences to the family of the slain soldier.

Meanwhile, the condemnations have continued to pour in with the Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum (NWILDF) added its voice to the disgust. NWILDF president Jenny Chika Okafor, said: " We deeply regret and condemn the reckless and totally unjustifiable murder of an innocent hero on our street on Wednesday May 22 and extend our heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family, friends, Her Majesty’s Forces and the British government.

"We appeal for calm and urge every citizen to remain vigilant and report any suspected activities to the authorities and never relent in our collective efforts to find, encourage and maintain racial and religious harmony. No religion condones the killing of anyone, therefore the claimed lame excuse for the horrific murder of our hero must not be relied upon by anyone for reprisal attacks on any individual, groups of individuals or faith groups as that would also be wholly unjustified.

"We praise the courage of our Police men and women, Armed forces and citizens and call upon every law abiding citizen to celebrate the short life of this young hero by openly condemning terrorism and ignorance in all their ramifications regardless of religion, race or tribe.  NDIDLF hereby pledges our support and commitment to Her Majesty’s government and armed forces in the fight against terrorism and bigotry and encourage everyone to join us in finding ways to enthrone sustainable racial and religious harmony in our society and help our youths to understand that terrorism and religious rascality or bigotry are intolerable."

Police in Bexley have in the meantime revealed that they are working closely with all local communities and carrying out a range of activities that include extra patrols at key locations such as religious venues, transport hubs and busy areas. Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector, Ian Broadbridge said: “We are holding meetings with local community leaders and partner agencies, and neighbourhood teams are engaging face-to-face with the public listening to any concerns they have.

“We have increased our presence on the streets of Bexley and up to 12 of our special constables will be patrolling in Woolwich over the holiday weekend. Current feedback from the community is understandably one of shock but also one of calm."

Source: Trumpet

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