Some civil society groups in Nigeria staged a protest on the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States of America in resistance to President-elect Donald Trump condemning his politics of hate and fear.
United Action for Democracy and Youth Against Austerity in a protest at the US Embassy at Walter Carrington in Victoria Island, Lagos, lent their voice in solidarity with Socialist Alternative, a US youth movement, to condemn the racist and sexist rhetoric that won Trump victory at the 2016 US presidential election.
“On today’s occasion of the inauguration as of Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, we are joining the global day of protest to #inaugurate the resistance against the anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-refugee and anti-women policies of the newly elected President of the United States. We want to assure Trump that we will build the widest anti-war, anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-far right mass revolt across the world against his anti people's policies” the groups said.
They expressed a lack of trust in Trump's presidency and vowed to build a strong resistance against all anti-racist policies of the US President-elect.
They said; “We have the deepest assurances of our fellow brothers and sisters of the world working people’s movement that the resistance against Trump's unpopular policies will be built across all countries of the world. We are also steadfast in our commitment to building similar actions here in Nigeria as part of this global revolt”.
In a similar voice, Education Rights Campaign (ERC) declared solidarity for the US national students’ walkout to protest US Trump’s racist, misogynist and vicious capitalist agenda for America. The walkout will see thousands of High school and college students in the US abandon classes in protest against Mr. Trump.
The group posited that Trump presidency would have negative consequences for working masses, youths in US and immigrants.
“Trump has a clear capitalist agenda which will see the condition of extreme inequality worsen in the United States and globally while the fat-cat bankers continue to corner enormous profits while getting tax breaks. Trump has threatened to deport 2-3 million immigrants and to target Muslim immigrants for “extreme vetting.” Women’s reproductive health, democratic rights, and workers rights are all under threat. This is a big concern to many around the world especially here in Africa” the group said.