Nigeria: Civil Societies in Osun State Protest Against Economic Hardship

Nigeria: Civil Societies in Osun State Protest Against Economic Hardship

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

On Thursday, the Coalition of Civil Societies in Osun State took to the streets of Osogbo, the state capital, to protest against the prevailing economic challenges in Nigeria. Despite the early morning rain, members of the coalition gathered at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo around 7:30 am to voice their concerns.

The peaceful protest followed a route from Old-Garage, through MDS, to Olaiya, where the coalition addressed residents and participants. The Chairman of the coalition, Comrade Waheed Lawal, highlighted the purpose of the protest, emphasizing the need to make President Bola Tinubu aware of the grievances of Nigerians regarding the growing economic hardship in the country.

“This is just an awareness for the protest that will come up on Monday. We are mobilizing to the streets to make those in government realize that Nigerians are dying of hunger. We, therefore, use this opportunity to urge residents of the state to fully prepare for the protest against hunger for those in authority to find a solution to the problem they created in the country,” he said.

Comrade Wale Adebisi, the Director of Ola-Oni Socio Research, echoed Lawal’s sentiments, criticizing the federal government under President Tinubu for exacerbating the hardship faced by Nigerians through policies such as subsidy removal and forex regulations without adequate palliative measures.

“The purpose of this protest is to let the residents know that Nigeria is passing through a hard time, a hard period as a result of lack of economic planning from the government. And about the security situation of Nigeria, kidnapping is going on unabated with the payment of ransom despite. People are no longer secured despite paying ransom.

“How can the government float the naira and at the same time remove subsidy without any plan for palliative? There is no social intervention, no social empowerment, and the government just allows people to be exposed to poverty, hunger, and hopelessness,” he added.

The protest highlights the growing discontent among Nigerians over the economic situation and the perceived lack of government intervention to alleviate the hardships faced by citizens.

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