Nigeria: Nigerians take to streets to protest economic policy
Hundreds of Nigerians took to the streets in major cities of Nigeria on Monday to protest against the government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis and demand solutions to a crippling recession.
Some 500 people gathered from early morning at the National Stadium in the commercial capital, holding signs including “The unemployed are hungry and angry” and “I will not be silent.”
The protestors then marched through the streets to the rhythm of drums and trumpets, singing “enough is enough”.
Everything is very expensive today: the price of food, the price of gasoline has increased. We suffer but politicians do not care,” student Elias Ozikpu told AFP.
“Two years ago we elected a new government because the previous one was corrupt but we don’t see any change, it’s even worse now.”
The protestors were accompanied by police, who had earlier warned Nigerians not to assemble because of fears of a “breakdown of law and order with attendant loss of lives and property”.
Popular musician, 2Face Idibia, who was billed to lead the protest in Lagos, opted out at the eleventh hour citing security concerns