Youth Protest Erupts in Ibadan and Niger State Over Soaring Cost of Living

Youth Protest Erupts in Ibadan and Niger State Over Soaring Cost of Living

Ibadan, Oyo State: On Monday, youths in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, took to the streets in protest against the escalating cost of living and the state of the economy. Protesters gathered around the Mokola area brandishing placards with messages decrying the high prices of food and inflation. Some of the inscriptions read, ‘End food hike and inflation,’ ‘The poor are starving,’ and ‘Tinubu, don’t forget your promises.’

Chanting songs to express their grievances, the demonstrators demanded action to alleviate the economic burden. The presence of armed policemen underscored the tense atmosphere at the protest scene.

A protester, speaking anonymously, emphasized the widespread impact of the issue, stressing the necessity for collective action to address the challenges. Quoting sections 39 and 40 of the constitution, he highlighted the right of every Nigerian to organize peaceful assemblies and speak out against economic hardships.

Barakat, another protester, echoed the sentiments of hunger and despair, lamenting the inability to afford even two square meals a day. She expressed disappointment in the government’s failure to mitigate the crisis, citing the unfulfilled promises of elected officials.

Niger State: Simultaneously, in Niger State, women initially took to the streets to voice their frustrations over the biting hardship and rising living costs. Blocking the Minna-Bida Road at the Kpakungu Roundabout, they decried the sufferings endured under the Bola Tinubu government.

Their protest soon gained momentum as men and youths joined in, barricading the road and disrupting vehicular traffic. The economic strain exacerbated following the removal of fuel subsidies by President Tinubu on May 29, 2023, further fueling public discontent.

The protests in both Ibadan and Niger State underscore the mounting frustration and discontent among Nigerians over the deteriorating economic conditions and the perceived failure of the government to address their concerns.

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