Buhari’s Presidency: Hundreds of Hungry Protesters Take Over the Street of Abuja

By Ikenga Chronicles October 12, 2016

Buhari’s Presidency: Hundreds of Hungry Protesters Take Over the Street of Abuja

Men, women and youths on Wednesday took to major streets of Abuja metropolis in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to show their anger against harsh economic condition in the country.

The protesters said the prevailing economic recession had led many firms to shut down operations, a development which had led to job losses.

They marched through various streets in Abuja and finally terminated their movement at the headquarters of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA.

Armed with placards, the protesters called on government to speed up the process of revamping the economy to save the Nigerian masses from acute poverty.

Speaking on behalf of other protesters, Folake Melody, who claimed to be a woman leader of Yoruba Frontier, a pressure group, said the economic climate in the country had forced many married women into prostitution.

She said: “Many homes have broken down. Many wives have turned to prostitutes. Women now sell their children to feed. Children now wait for leftovers at parties to eat. You see them rummaging through garbage heaps to eke a living.

‘’We have never had it this bad. It is not only those in Internally Displaced Persons'(IDPs), camps that are suffering. The masses are really hurt. What is President Muhammadu Buhari doing? Who are those managing this economy. This is just too bad.”

Another group, Banex Youth Association, led by Yaro Abdul, said the continuous crash of the naira had forced many companies to close shops, thereby throwing thousands of youths into the already saturated job market.

He said: “Today, it is N520 to a United States (US) dollar. The company where we were working had flushed us out because it folded up. We have not been working for about a year now. They want to force us into crime.”

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