Protest Begins In Kano As Nigerians March Against Hardship Under Tinubu’s Government


Nigerians have started a "warm up" demonstration in Kano State against the President Bola Tinubu-led government's anti-poor policies, including the increase in the price of petrol from N195 to N617, the devaluation of the naira, the increase in school fees, and others.

The Joint Action Front (JAF) oversaw the protest, according to images of it that SaharaReporters got on Tuesday.

The Coalition for Revolution (CORE) and the Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) have proclaimed their complete support for the August 2 Nigeria Labour Congress nationwide action, according to SaharaReporters.

Following a meeting on Sunday, the civic organisations said in a joint statement that they would join the demonstration until victory was attained. This statement was signed by Femi Falana (ASCAB), Baba Ayelabola (CORE), and Achike Chude (JAF) and made available to SaharaReporters on Monday.

Titled: "August 2nd, 2023 as the beginning of nationwide resistance against fuel price hike and anti-poor policies is sacrosanct," the civic organisations had said that the minimum aim of the forthcoming struggle is the reversal of the "criminal hike of petrol from N617 to N195, reversal of other criminal policies like fee hike in public tertiary institutions, devaluation of the naira" which they noted had made life unbearable on Nigerian masses.

"We support the decision of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to call Nigerian workers and poor masses out on protest starting from Wednesday, August 2, 2023, against the wicked and neoliberal policies of the President Tinubu government, including, the severe hike in the price of petrol and devaluation of the naira."

The organisations charged the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) with fostering cooperation in their interactions with the Federal Government and inspiring them to work together to mobilise for large-scale protests.

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