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Nigerians living in London have blamed African leaders for the riots that has rocked the United Kingdom since last Saturday.

According to them, the riots which were allegedly led by 99 percent blacks, was a reaction to years of poor leadership in Africa and the harsh economic realities in the United Kingdom also. British austerity measures have hit low-income areas like Tottenham hard.

The one week riots were fuelled by the killing of a black man, Mark Duggan, a 29-year-old father of four, fatally shot Thursday night last week in North London’s Tottenham Hale section. Duggan, who was a passenger in a minicab at the time of the shooting, was initially stopped as a part of an initiative to recover illegal guns in the area. Although an illegal firearm was found at the scene and initial reports suggested a gun was fired at police, The Guardian of London asserts that ballistic reports now show that all of the gunfire came from police.


A scene at the Tottenham riot in UK

After Duggan was shot, his family and the Tottenham community were in shock. A peaceful protest was planned for Friday evening, and the family wanted to meet with police officials to get answers about the shooting. However, police reps refused to meet with them and the protests turned violent.

However, as the riots subside, Nigerians in England and at home are counting their losses. Already, media reports say a Nigerian was killed in the riots. And this was just days after Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, said there were no reason for Nigerians to fear following the on-going riots in Hackney and Peckham areas of London.

Yet, the Ghana-Nigeria friendly in Watford, England was cancelled as London was hit by four nights of rioting and looting, the worst in 25 years.

The UK police said it could not guarantee the safety of both players and fans as the riots continued to spread across the country. As the riots spread, President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly offered help to UK PM David Cameron. Jonathan was said to have promised to assist by sending Nigerian police to England to help quell the riots, to the chagrin of some Nigerians who think that he should stop the Boko Haram bombing in the country first.

Nigerians in the UK speaking on the riots said, “So many Blacks are away from their homelands, primarily because of present and past administrators/rulers/presidents. Black nations have never thought it wise to create conditions that will enable a majority of their citizens to find self-actualizing opportunities in their own countries. The acting out and destructive behaviour you see in the demonstrations is probably out of frustrations of not finding oneself in a foreign land and the prospects of achieving the same in the homeland is even more remote.”

The riots spread throughout London and beyond. But there arose racial dimension to the riots also as photos showed more of black people looting homes and shops. However, houses, cars, and businesses were burned and at least hundreds of people were arrested. Looters smashed their way into stores and stole merchandise, and groups attacked police. Groups of young people who said they were fed up by the treatment they receive by police, allegedly drove the riots.


nasiryunusa

GEJ

You have more problem to face at home & you are thinking of sending NPF to UK or do you think UK is Agenibode or Asaba.

Its better you save our money for more important issues back home. Unless you are looking for a way to loot government treasury out to UK.


 

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