A group of youths in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, staged a protest against economic challenges and insecurity prevailing in Nigeria.
Carrying placards with various messages and chanting solidarity songs, the protesters marched through to Freedom Park, Orisunmibare, Ola-Iya, Alekunwodo, and then the Oke-Fia areas of the state capital demanding improved living conditions for Nigerians.
They converged on the Old Garage area of the city, marching .
Armed policemen were on the ground to ensure law and order and to prevent the protest from being hijacked by hoodlums to cause violence.
Led by Comrade Waheed Lawal, the protesters criticized the government’s policies, alleging they exacerbate the plight of the people rather than alleviate their suffering.
Lawal emphasized the need for peaceful coexistence and urged the government to address the escalating insecurity across the country.
“They must do whatever they need to do to make sure that the people benefit from the reforms. 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,” he said.
“What Nigerians want is a peaceful atmosphere. We don’t want insecurity in our land again because, with the state of insecurity in the country, you can’t travel from Osogbo to Ibadan with your mind at rest, you will be thinking you may be kidnapped.
“We have started this struggle today and if the government fails to listen to us, we will continue to mobilise our people to refuse this hardship because enough is enough,” he maintained.
The protest mirrors similar demonstrations in Minna, Niger State, and Kano, reflecting widespread discontent with the economic situation and security concerns in Nigeria.
In Niger State, the demonstrators, mostly women and youths, blocked a major road in the state capital Minna to demand help over living costs.
Since coming to office in May, Tinubu has ended a fuel subsidy and currency controls, leading to a tripling of petrol prices and a spike in living costs as the naira slides sharply against the dollar.
In response to the protests, government officials convened meetings to address the issues raised by the demonstrators. Information Minister Mohammed Idris assured that discussions were ongoing to find solutions to the challenges facing Nigerians.
Ministers of finance, information, budget and national planning, and agriculture as well as the national security advisor, central bank director, and other senior aides took part in the meetings which began on Tuesday.
“By the time these meetings are concluded, we’ll be able to issue a definite statement on what the position of the government is in this regard,” Information Minister Mohammed Idris told reporters.
“All I can say is that discussions are ongoing, and very soon a solution is in sight for Nigerians.”