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HARDSHIP: Ibadan Residents Protest High Cost of Living

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Residents in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday, took to the streets to protest the high prices of food and other commodities, inflation, and high cost of living due to the worsening economic situation in the country.

The residents gathered at Mokola area of Ibadan early on Monday, staging a peaceful protest. They were seen chanting songs and carrying placards with various inscriptions.

Some of the inscriptions read: “No more Emilokan,’ ‘End bad governance,’ ‘End food hike now,’ ‘Mr. President, this is not the hope,’ ‘Insecurity is not our birthright,’ ‘Open border,’ and ‘End hardship,’ among others.

The protest was done amid a heavy presence of police personnel.

Similar protests were also held at Sango and Iwo road areas within Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. The protesters hoped that the government would consider these protests and do something to reduce the suffering of Nigerian masses.

Armed policemen were seen at the protest scenes even as demonstrators held the peaceful rally against the economic hardship in the land occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy and the unification of the foreign exchange windows.

Recall that in the last few weeks, protests against the high cost of living and food have also been held in Niger, Plateau, Kano, Sokoto, and Osun States, among other places.

This is as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has also given an ultimatum to the federal government to address the pervasive hardship in the country decisively or risk a two-day national protest on 27 and 28 February later this month.

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