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Protect Nasu Abdulaziz’s right to a home
Nasu Abdulaziz loves football and cycling — normal pastimes for a young person in Nigeria. Except that Nasu’s circumstances are nowhere near normal. Between November 2016 and April 2017, Nasu and his community in Lagos were evicted without warning from their century-old settlement. Today, Nasu and his peers are demanding to live in dignity.
When Nasu was 23 and should have been enjoying life, men with guns and in bulldozers descended without warning on his community of Otodo Gbame in Nigeria’s megacity, Lagos. Acting on the orders of the government, these men set upon the homes of this century-old community, crushing and burning down houses, shooting families, destroying livelihoods.
By the end, 30,000 people were homeless, forced to live in canoes, under bridges or with friends and family. Nasu, too, lost his home but he still has hope. Today, Nasu has joined the Nigerian Slum/Informal Settlement Federation, a mass movement of people like him who won’t rest until they secure their right to a home.
Take Action: Tell the Governor of Lagos State to investigate the forced eviction of Nasu’s community and make sure they are resettled and given full compensation.