Scores of Lagosians trooped out in their numbers on Monday as they protested against rising insecurity and poverty ravaging the country.
The protest, held under the aegis of Peoples Alternative Political Movement, led by activist Jaiye Gaskiya, also had human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), and his Musician son, Folarin, aka Falz.
The protesters marched from the ever busy Ikeja Bus Stop to the Governor’s Office through the Secretariat to the Lagos State House of Assembly chanting protest songs.
Tagged ‘Enough is Enough’, the protest lasted for several hours as youths carried placards which read, ‘No to Exploitation and Multiple Taxation’, ‘Provide Jobs or Unemployment Benefits for Youths’, ‘Provide Security in Schools’, ‘End Kidnapping and Banditry’ and ‘Stop Killings, Secure Nigeria’.
Leader of the protesters, which included trade unions, civil society, students, farmers and peasants, Jaye Gaskiya, said the protest was organised to express displeasure over how badly the country had degenerated.
According to Gaskiya, it was worrisome that Nigeria, characterised by extreme poverty, arms proliferation, religious intolerance, the rise of hate and ethnic nationalism, is moving towards social upheavals due to the exploitation of the people, greed and avarice of a spineless political class that has reached its wit’s end.