Sunday, May 16, 2021

Nigerians defy rally ban, protest electricity and fuel tariff hikes as well as corruption



Nigerians yesterday defied the ban on rallies as they took to the streets to protest against tariff hike, corruption, hunger and general insecurity while the country marked its 60th independence anniversary.

There was a clampdown on many of the protesters who were arrested by security agents.

In Abuja, members of the #RevolutionNowMovement, who protested at the United States Embassy lamented the security and socio-economic challenges in the country.

They demanded the resignation of the President Muhammadu Buhari over increasing insecurity, hunger and corruption.

The campaigners, led by the convener of the movement, Omoyele Sowore, wielded a big banner with the inscription, ‘Buhari has failed,’ and placards, some of which read, ‘Failed leadership has made Nigeria the poverty capital of the world,’ and ‘#RevolutionNow.’

The protesters, who also included #BringBackOurGirls activists Aisha Yesufu, Ariyo Dare-Atoye, Henry Shield, Adebayo Raphael and Deji Adeyanju of Concerned Nigerians, among others, criticised what they described as oppression in the land.

Yesufu, in her remarks, said Nigerians must make the nation work, adding that things were becoming unbearable.

Raphael said Nigerians had passed a vote of no confidence in the Federal Government.