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Osun Youths Protest High Cost Of Living



On Friday, a group of young people in Osogbo, Osun State, peacefully protested against the growing expense of living and demanded that the government step in right away.

The demonstrators gathered along MDS Road, Osogbo extremely early. They brandished signs bearing messages such as “change the unfavourable policies,” “Nigerians are suffering, we can’t cope again,” and “We are humans, stop mistreating the citizens.”

The youth continued singing songs that expressed the discontent of many Nigerians caused by the difficult economic conditions, despite the significant number of police officers stationed in the vicinity of the protest site.

Speaking to the demonstrators, Mr. Waheed Lawal, the chairman of the Osun Civil Societies Coalition, declared that the protests would go on until the federal government found a way to alleviate the severe economic conditions plaguing the nation.

“The government has to lessen the people’s suffering,” he declared. To ensure that people live in better conditions, they must take whatever necessary action.

Nigerians ought to get the finest. They are providing us with fresh difficulties even though they had promised us newfound hope. We demand the best for Nigerians, and we refuse to see further hardship in our lives or in our economy.

“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.

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“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.”

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, youths and women took to the streets of Minna and Kano to protest what they described as the rising cost of living in the country.

In Niger, a group of women blocked the ever-busy Minna-Bida Road at the popular Kpakungu Roundabout and called on Tinubu to address the problem of ‘hunger in the land.’

Also on Thursday, as a temporary response to the nation’s growing food crisis and the rising cost of commodities, President Bola Tinubu ordered the immediate release of more than 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 the last leg of a series of three meetings of the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention at the Aso Rock Villa on Thursday.

Idris said, “The first one is that 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 so that these items will be made available to Nigerians; 42,000 metric tons immediately.

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“The second one is that we have held meetings with the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria. Those who are responsible for producing this rice and we have asked them to open up their stores.

“They’ve told us that they can guarantee about 60,000 metric tons of rice. This will be made available and we know that that is enough to take Nigerians the next one month to six weeks, perhaps up to two months.”

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