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Protest in Osun Over High Cost of Living



Osun youths protest

A peaceful protest took place in Osogbo, Osun State, where a group of youths expressed their discontent with the increasing cost of living. They urged the government to intervene promptly. 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,’ among others. The protest unfolded along MDS Road, Osogbo, despite the heavy police presence. The demonstrators sang songs that reflected the frustration felt by many Nigerians due to the harsh economy.

Addressing the protesters, the chairman of Osun Civil Societies Coalition, Mr. Waheed Lawal, emphasized that the protest would persist until the Federal Government takes definitive actions to address the ongoing economic hardship in the country. According to him, the government needs to alleviate the people’s suffering and ensure that they live under better conditions. He highlighted the citizens’ desire for a peaceful atmosphere and urged the government to provide security for life and property. He also stressed that the government’s failure to listen would lead to continued mobilization and protests.

Earlier in the week, similar protests occurred in Minna and Kano, where youths and women expressed concerns about the rising cost of living. In response to the nation’s growing food crisis and the escalating cost of commodities, 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, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a series of meetings of the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention at the Aso Rock Villa. He shared the directives issued to address the situation, including the release of grain reserves and coordination with rice producers to make rice available to the citizens.