Hundreds of Togolese on Thursday marched through Lagos roads, calling for an end to the government of President Faure Gnassingbe, who is seeking a fourth term in office.
The Togolese nationals, who carried placards and banners, said they left their country to protest in Nigeria because Faure was using the military to repress public demonstrations against his government.
While appealing for support from the Nigerian government, the protesters said they visited the office of the Economic Community of West African States at Onikan, Lagos, to get support for their cause.
The spokesperson for the protesters, Ms. Foussena Djagba, said, “The current situation in Togo poses a real risk for the entire sub-region. That is why, we want to make a solemn appeal to all ECOWAS heads of state, to advise against Faure Gnassingbe in relation to his fourth term.
“The Gnassingbe family wants to impose a monarch; we do not want it. We stand ready to fight to the end. This fourth term of Faure would be a shame not only in West Africa but for all Africa as a whole.
“This country (Nigeria) has taught us many things, including political alternation at the top of the state. We see that the current President of Nigeria is not the son of a former President. We also know that Aso Rock is not a family residence,” Gjagba added.
Faure has been the President of Togo for 14 years after he succeeded his father, Eyadéma Gnassingbé, who ruled the country for 38 years.