High cost of living threatens Tinubu’s presidency as protest spread to South West
The current high cost of living in Nigeria has become a big threat to the presidency as more states have joined the protest which started in Minna, Niger State.
On Friday 9th of February 2024, the youths of Osun state poured out to streets of Osogbo to protest what they described as renewed hardship which is opposite of the renewed hope promised Nigerians by the APC presidential candidate in the build up to the 2023 presidential election.
“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.
“Government must ameliorate the suffering of the people. They must do whatever they need to do to make sure that the people live in better conditions”.
Addressing the protesters who were armed with placards bearing different inscriptions 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 chairman, Osun Civil Societies Coalition, Waheed Lawal, said the protest would continue until the Federal Government thinks out solutions to the current economic hardship ravaging the country.
“The abduction of monarchs is the order of the day in our country now. We urge the government to provide security for the lives 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.”
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and the FCT has called on President Bola Tinubu to settle down and squarely tackle these challenges so that Nigeria will bounce back.
Elder Sunday Oibe, Secretary- General Northern CAN, in a statement, alleged that the suffering in the country was becoming unbearable for ordinary Nigerians.
“He stated thus: “High cost of foodstuffs, transportation, goods and services have made life difficult for many Nigerians.
The epileptic power supply has led to the collapse of many small businesses.
“The continued decline in the value of the naira and the seeming inability of the government to address the situation has completely weakened the purchasing power of ordinary Nigerians.
“The situation is further compounded by escalating insecurity occasioned by rampant killings and kidnapping for ransom”
In a related development, a political party, The People’s Redemption Party, PRP, has called on the Federal Government to tackle the economic hardship and worsening security challenges in the country.
The Acting PRP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Muhammed Ishaq, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
It is quite disheartening to see the All Progressives Congress, APC, led government resort to baseless accusations and fear-mongering in an attempt to deflect attention from the legitimate concerns raised by the Nigerian people.
“The protests in Minna and Kano were not orchestrated by opposition parties but rather grassroots expressions of frustration and dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in the country.
According to him, instead of labelling the protesters as pawns of the opposition, the government should listen to their grievances and work toward addressing the root causes of the discontent.
Ishaq said it was only through dialogue and genuine engagement that a lasting solution to the country’s challenges can be found.
He said Nigerians deserved better than empty rhetoric and false accusations.
“We in the PRP are not for any gang up against the APC administrations that have ruined rather than ruled this country for the last decade,” he added.