A former Presidential Aide and major critic voice against the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Reno Omokri, was on Friday, assaulted in New York, United States of America, USA, after the President addressed the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, Page 36 learnt.
Reno Omokri had led some Nigerians in the US to an anti-Buhari protest, code-named #HarrassBuhariOutOfNewYork.
Shortly after the protest which he tagged as successful, he was said to have been trailed to his hotel room by unknown attackers.
Confirming the assault, he appreciated a certain man named Sean, who he said is his Personal Bodyguard, for professionally shielding him away from the attackers.
According to Reno Omokri, the New York Police Department, NYPD, is currently investigating the attack, as the attackers are currently on the run.
Reacting however, a group known as the National Youth Coalition, hailed the assault on Reno.
The group, in a statement on Sunday, signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Olugbenga Michael, stated that Omokri should ‘expect’ more deadly attacks, if he continues to embarrass Nigeria before the International community.
It added that the said the assault “is not an attack against freedom of speech, movement, or association, as the case may be, but a legal way of defending the honour and glory of the country, as enunciated in the fourth paragraph of the National Pledge of Nigeria which reads: “To defend her unity, and uphold her honour and glory, so help me God”.
The statement reads: “This is the oath of allegiance that every Nigerian have taken, and which we are committed to enforcing voluntarily, because we believe we have no other country to call home, if Nigeria fails.
“At this point, we wish to state categorically, that we have no affinity or association with the Nigerian government directly or indirectly, but we are young people of Nigeria, who are inspired by how Americans are ready to die in defence of America, and will do everything possible to ensure that America’s union works perfect in line with the dreams of their founders.
“Hence, we are young people who came together to turn our diversity into strength, thereby making Nigeria to work for all Nigerians, irrespective of class, creed, political party, or association. Our membership is open to all those who believe in the unity, indivisibility, progress, and prosperity of all Nigerians, and are willing to defend the letter and the spirit of the article of faith enshrined in our National Pledge and the National Anthem, because the future of Nigeria belongs to us.”