Nigerians in Canada say they will defy the bitter Canadian winter and join millions of their compatriots at home and abroad in the Occupy Nigeria Movement.
Organisers say the protests marches are billed to take place in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and Toronto, the country’s largest city and economic hub.
According to a statement made available to Premium Times, Occupy Nigeria Toronto protest comes first on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 2 pm. Venue is Dundas Square (Dunda/Younge), Downtown Toronto.
Anthony Kola-Olusanya, convener of the protest and his co-organizers, Funmi Olumade, Dotun Olanrewaju, Shola Kola-Olusanya, say they are bracing up for a well-attended march even as they continue to reach out to Nigerians and friends of Nigeria in the Toronto area to come out en-masse and express solidarity with the Nigerian people.
Occupy Nigeria Ottawa is slated for Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The protesters will gather in front of the Nigerian High Commission at 295 Metcalfe Street.
The organizers, Mr Hammed Hassan-Olajokun and Captain Ade Gerber, who are reaching out to Nigerians and Canadians alike to come out and support the Nigerian people, say they have secured all necessary police permits for the gathering.
Among other issues, Occupy Nigeria Ottawa is demanding: (1) immediate reversal of the removal of fuel subsidy; (2) immediate action of the government to protect all citizens of Nigeria regardless of ethnicity and religion; (3) credible steps to arrest corruption.
Acclaimed columnist and Penguin Prize for African Writing winner, Pius Adesanmi, will address the Ottawa rally.