Nigeria is currently facing perilous times with peaceful protests turning violent and leading to riots. There have been several reports of shootings, lootings and killings, which all can be a frightening reality.
In light of this, we have gathered some tips to help you avoid civil unrest and how to avoid getting caught up in the situation.
1. Stay informed of local events and international headlines. You can’t afford to ignore what is happening. Stay up to date with controversial issues, especially hot-button issues in your home area. These can trigger random violence as well as organized protests, which can become violent.
2. The larger the group of people, the lower the overall IQ. They will not be thinking rationally about their actions or possible consequences. They also have the cloak of anonymity. This is a scary combination.
3. Don’t expect sympathy just because you are caught in the middle even if your kids are with you, even if you’re handicapped.
4. Blend in, if you can, until you can get out. If they’re carrying a sign, you carry a sign. Whatever they’re chanting, you chant. If they look angry, you look angry. Blend in just long enough to work your way to the edge of the crowd and then leave.
5. Do not get caught against a wall or fence. You’ll be trapped and possibly injured or killed.
6. Take cover, stay indoors as long as possible. However, if you hear breaking glass or smell smoke, you can probably assume your location is no longer safe.
7. Keep enough cash (in a safe place) in the event that civil disorder causes banks and ATM’s to close.
8. If you become injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
9. If a demonstration is taking place outside your location, find a way to keep updated on the situation outside the hotel.