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On Wednesday, Femi Falana, a prominent human rights lawyer and activist, joined members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a protest against the recent removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.
Thousands of protesters gathered at Ikeja under-bridge in Lagos before marching towards the state House of Assembly.
The protest was in response to the government’s decision to end the fuel subsidy regime, which has led to increased fuel prices, transportation costs, and inflation.
The NLC and civil society organizations (CSOs) had given the government a seven-day ultimatum to reverse the “anti-poor” and “insensitive” policies.
The protest caused a massive gridlock in the area, with protesters expressing their grievances through placards and slogans.
Falana called on the legislative body to prioritize the welfare of citizens and reconsider the controversial N70b renovation project of the Assembly Complex.
The Deputy Governor of Lagos State acknowledged the concerns raised by the protesters and assured them that their letter had been received.
The protest remains peaceful as the NLC and other groups continue their march towards the state House of Assembly.
Demonstrations are taking place across the country, increasing pressure on the government to address the subsidy removal issue and its impact on the Nigerian population.
This article was updated 2 months ago