A large turnout of members of Nigerian community living in London, comprising of mostly youths in the south-east of London on Saturday paid tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby, the victim of last week’s brutal attack. They carried different placards to express their dislike to the barbaric act.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Union of Journalists in Europe (NUJE) had also condemned the terror acts by the two Michaels who were described as “sick individuals whose insanity has brought sad reflections among Nigerians in the United Kingdom”. Mr Lashley Oladigbolu, Chairman of the UK arm of NUJE re-affirmed the Union’s obligation to work with the British public and the security operatives in making the UK safer. He also expressed commitment to expose anybody tarnishing the image of Nigeria abroad.
Nigeria’s President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan had earlier expressed shock at the terrorist attack and killing of the British soldier, Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiments in Woolwich and strongly condemned the unfortunate incident.
In a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati made available to the UK chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Europe (NUJE) over the weekend, President Goodluck Jonathan conveyed his sincere condolences to the British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British people over this senseless and barbaric act, and shares their grief at this moment.
The statement reads: “President Jonathan notes that a terrorist attack anywhere is an attack on the way of life of all free nations and must be collectively condemned by all persons irrespective of race, ethnicity or religion.
It is in this spirit that the Nigerian government is partnering with the British Government, as well as all other stakeholder sovereigns to stand up to and fight terrorism and extremism in whatever guise or pretence it chooses to present itself.
President Jonathan recognises that each environment presents its own unique challenges and peculiarities and actions taken by affected nations may differ, yet the resolve to confront and defeat this threat should never be in doubt.
President Jonathan says Nigerians are collectively resolute about the need to protect the freedoms that define our existence and inter-relationships at home and overseas. Our recent past tells us that when we pull together, this common enemy and threat will eventually be defeated”.
– Lashley Oladigbolu
Oladigbolu, the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists in Europe UK Chapter writes from England.