JUST IN: Protesters Hit Jos Streets, Call for End to Economic Hardship, Insecurity

On Tuesday, in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, hundreds of protesters spearheaded by the Nigerian Labour Congress took to the streets.

Stationed at the Secretariat Flyover Bridge, the protesters voiced their distress over the economic adversity and insecurity prevailing not only in Plateau State but also across Nigeria.

Characterizing the circumstances as intolerable, the protesters urged the Federal Government to take swift action to alleviate the plight of Nigerians. They adamantly called for an end to the pervasive security challenges gripping the nation.

Eugene Mangji, the NLC’s state Chairman, who spearheaded the protests, expressed, “We are discontented. Nigerians are discontented with the state of affairs in the country, which has precipitated unprecedented hardship and suffering since the removal of the oil subsidy.”

” It started as a joke and suddenly, the price of petrol which was initially sold at N197 jumped to N530 and then to N670. Today, petrol is sold at more than N700.

“Imagine that we are not up to one year in the life of this present administration and Nigerians are experiencing this kind of thing. The exchange rate has also gone to almost N2,000 per dollar and since everything is dependent on the exchange rate, prices of goods and services have also gone up beyond the reach of ordinary Nigerians. Even the students in higher institutions are not finding it easy at all.

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“Nigerians are crying over the situation and we are not left out as Labour and we are calling on the Federal Government to arrest the ugly situation quickly, including the security challenge before they get out of control.”