I can understand how they feel. Eeeyah!
During his recent visit of the United States of America, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, reportedly embarrassed some Nigerians who had thronged the Nigerian embassy to have a town hall meeting with him.
The Nigerian president was in the US on a four-day visit, where he met with the American president, Barrack Obama, and a few other stakeholders in the country.
But, reports have surfaced that the president shunned over 200 Nigerians, many in their finest business or traditional dress, who waited anxiously outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC, USA hoping to be permitted entrance to the only event organized for the Nigerians diaspora.
Some of the Nigerians who were denied access to president Muhammadu
Buhari at the Nigerian embassy in the US. Photo: Sahara Reporters
According to Sahara Reporters, the event was part of president Buhari’s official state visit to the United States and was held on Tuesday, July 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Nigerian Embassy to the United States including a town hall meeting for Nigerians to interact with the Nigerian leader.
Reports say that as the desperate crowd, who had were reportedly there on invitation, began to swell, many Nigerians demanded explanations from embassy officials and secret service agents at the gate and one special agent told a Sahara Reporters correspondent that “all I know is we can’t let anyone in right now.”
Miss Nigeria America (left), was also denied access to the Nigerian president.
Photo: Sahara Reporters
It was later gathered that many Nigerian embassy officials were discriminating against certain people and giving entrance to others.
“We are friends with the Principal Secretary, he will be coming to get us,” one man and his family reportedly shouted, when a Sahara Reporters correspondent asked him whether he would gain entrance.
Another member of the Nigerian diaspora said: “look you must see! This is a form of corruption! All those people in there are powerful people! Only the powerful people were let through the gate.”
More Nigerians being denied access to the Nigerian Embassy in the US. Photo:
A Miss Nigeria America contestant who was also at the embassy to meet the president also complained bitterly about the new development stating: “it was very unfair to do this.”
Sahara Reporters correspondent and many of those gathered at the Nigerian embassy gate had their official invitations but were still denied access as they desperately held their fancy invitations into the air, calling out to any official- looking person at the gate.
While holding his card, another Nigerian at the venue lamented his denial. He said: “I don’t understand, I am here, and they gave me my invitation.”
Not only the Nigerians invited were denied entrance, even members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) USA Committee, clad in traditional wear with APC logos, were not spared embarrassment.