Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Protest Over Economic Hardship In Edo, Osun States.


The Members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have gone into the streets in Edo and Osun states to protest over the economic hardship in the country.

This  protest is as a result the economic hardship induced by these which has made them to show their grievances, on the streets in Benin City and Osogbo, the capital cities of Edo and Osun states respectively.

These CSOs are seeking an end to the suffering and hunger in Nigeria.
According to reports from  Benin City, the protesters marched from Kings Square to Akpakpava Road and carried placards with diverse inscriptions such as “End Economic Hardship” and “FG End the Hunger in Nigeria Now,” to drum home their points.

Asides the CSOs members in the protest in Edo State, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Edo State for the September 2024 poll Dr Azemhe Azena was among the protesters in Edo State who called on the government to look into issues that led to the high cost of living.

Also in Osogbo, the protesters converged at Nelson Mandela Park in the capital city. They are calling on the Federal Government to “End the High of Living”.

Monday’s protests are the latest in demonstrations over the high cost of living in Nigeria. Exactly a week ago, hundreds demonstrated in the southwestern city of Ibadan voicing anger at President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.

The protesters carried placards saying “End bad government”, “End food scarcity” and “End Nigerian hardship”.

Before their demonstration, they were also protests in the North-Western state of Kano and also in Niger State in the country’s North-Central region.

The government of on assumption of office in may 29 removes fuel subsidies and currency controls, leading to a tripling of petrol prices and a spike in living costs as the naira slid against the dollar.

Inflation has reached 29 percent in Nigeria and with the subsidy on fuel removed, the cost of living has spiked in recent months. This has triggered debates and protests in some parts of Nigeria.

In all these growing hardships on Nigerians,  President Tinubu has repeatedly called for patience to allow his reforms to take effect, saying they will help attract foreign investment, but the measures have hit Nigerians hard. Even as investors are leaving the country in numbers.

All efforts of the government to cushion the impacts of the subsidy removal have not worked out as the economy is getting worst daily as the cost of living is deteriorated.