The United States of America has advised its citizens residing in Nigeria not to visit areas where the scheduled June 12 protests will hold on Saturday.
The US Mission in Nigeria provided the advice to its citizens in an advisory published on its website on Friday.
Various groups are scheduled to hold demonstrations on June 12 – designated as Democracy Day in Nigeria – to protest against the state of the nation and the governance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The dominant protest planned across the country for Saturday is the “Buhari Must Go Campaign”, organised by Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow movement.
According to the US Mission, protests will take place with an expected huge number of protesters in Lagos State and Abuja.
The embassy urged American citizens to keep a low profile and avoid the areas where the protests will hold.
The advisory read: “Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day. Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.
“Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.
“The likely locations for the protests in Abuja will be at Unity Fountain (Hilton Hotel area), Wuse, Berger Roundabout, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Airport Road, and British Circle. In Lagos, the likely locations for protests will be Lekki Toll Gate and Gani Fawehinmi Park. Calls for the protests suggest they may begin as early as 07:00 a.m.
“Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media for updates. Keep a low profile.”