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Protest against high cost of living by Osun youths



Osun youths protest

On Friday, a peaceful protest was held in Osogbo, Osun State by a group of youths. Their main grievance was the increasing cost of living, and they demanded immediate government intervention.

The protesters carried placards with messages such as ‘change the unfavourable policies,’ ‘Nigerians are suffering, we can’t cope again,’ and ‘We are humans, stop mistreating the citizens.’ They gathered along MDS Road, Osogbo early in the day.

Despite the large police presence near the protest site, the youths continued to express the frustrations of many Nigerians about the harsh economy through songs.

Mr. Waheed Lawal, the chairman of the Osun Civil Societies Coalition, addressed the protesters and stated that the protest would persist until the Federal Government addresses the current economic hardships in the country.

He emphasized, “The government must alleviate the suffering of the people. They must take necessary actions to ensure that people live in better conditions.

“Nigerians deserve the best. They promised us renewed hope but what they are giving us now is renewed hardship. We reject renewed hardship in our lives, and in our economy because Nigerians deserve the best.

“What Nigerians want is a peaceful atmosphere. We don’t want insecurity in our land again. We can’t travel from Osogbo to Ibadan without panicking. You will be thinking that they will kidnap you.

“The abduction of monarchs is the order of the day in our country now. We urge the government to provide security for the life and property of the citizens. It is their responsibility, it is a constitutional responsibility.

“Every government that fails to provide security for the lives of the citizens is no longer a government. What we are saying is simple, we are ready to face the government in this hardship and we are marathon runners.

“We have started this struggle today and if the government fails to listen to us, we will continue to mobilise our people to protest this hardship because enough is enough.”

Earlier in the week, there were demonstrations in Minna and Kano by youths and women protesting the rising cost of living in the country.

In Niger, a group of women obstructed the busy Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout, demanding that Tinubu address the issue of ‘hunger in the land.’

Additionally, in response to the nation’s growing food crisis and increasing commodity prices, President Bola Tinubu ordered the immediate release of over 102,000 metric tons of various grain types from the National Food Reserve and the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, revealed this information to State House correspondents after the last meeting of the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention at the Aso Rock Villa.

Idris stated, “The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has been directed to release about 42,000 metric tons of maize, millet, garri, and other commodities in their strategic reserve for immediate availability to Nigerians; 42,000 metric tons right away.

“We have also engaged with the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, responsible for producing rice, and they have committed to opening up their stores.

“They have assured us that they can provide about 60,000 metric tons of rice, which will be adequate for the next one to two months.”