Don’t participate in NLC nationwide protest, Afenifere tells Yorubas

NLC protesters
NLC protesters

 

By OLA MUDOPE, Lagos –

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has called on the Yorubas not to participate in the protest being organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) scheduled for February 27 and 28.

Recalled that the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, had announced that it will embark on a two-day nationwide protest from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, over the worsening economic hardship and insecurity in the country.

Mr. Ajaero disclosed this at a news conference at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday in Abuja, adding that the NEC of the Congress met to discuss the state of the nation, and the non implementation of the agreement reached with government.

Reacting to the planned protest, the Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, in a statement on Sunday, called on Nigerians to exercise patience and refrain from engaging in protests that may escalate tensions.

He said: “As a responsible leader, I appeal to every Yoruba man and woman, young and old, and our fellow citizens across the nationalities, to exercise patience and refrain from engaging in protests or actions that may escalate tensions.

“The outcry over the hardship, hunger, and price hikes is not unexpected. However, we must come to terms with the realities of our national challenges, which the present administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is striving to resolve.

“While acknowledging the hardships faced by our people, it is important to recognize that these economic measures, although difficult, are part of a larger strategy aimed at restoring economic prosperity and stability to Nigeria.

The government’s commitment to implementing these measures is a testament to its dedication to addressing the root causes of our economic challenges, inherited from the ills of the previous years.” he said.

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